Officers escort fallen LEO’s daughter to her graduation
Gloria Garza, whose deputy father was killed in the line of duty in a crash, said she will never forget her special graduation day
By PoliceOne Staff
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The daughter of a fallen Texas deputy received a ceremonial law enforcement escort to her high school graduation.
WTXF-TV reports that 18-year-old Gloria Garza was escorted by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to her graduation Friday evening. Gloria is the daughter of Deputy Jesus “Jesse” Garza, who was killed in a crash while responding to a report of a wreck a day after Christmas in 2003.
Gloria was 3 years old when her father, who was 33, lost his life in the crash.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar personally escorted Gloria into the Alamodome along with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Honor Guard. Officers with the San Antonio PD played bagpipes.
A police horse from the Bexar County Mounted Unit - named “Jesse” after her father - was also included in the escort. The department names its horses after fallen deputies.
“I didn’t expect any of this. I really didn’t - it’s just amazing, it really is,” Gloria said.
Salazar also surprised Gloria with a necklace with her father’s badge number. Gloria she will never forget her special graduation day.
“I just know that Jesse would be doing this himself if he could right now, so being that he can’t be with us he’s got 1500 brothers and sisters that are willing to do it for him,” Salazar said.
A very special graduation honor tonight for @swisd Senior Gloria Garza. Her father @BexarCoSheriff deputy Jesus “Jesse” Garza was killed in the line of duty when she was 3. Tonight she’s receiving a ceremonial law enforcement escort @News4SA @KABBFOX29 pic.twitter.com/Lwuqo4SdbL— Melissa Vega (@melissamvega) June 1, 2018
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