As a dad, you want nothing more than to be there for your kids. From every mundane moment to all the big ones throughout their childhood. And it’s tragic when that can’t happen. A firefighter in California died on duty just days before his daughter graduated high school. So while he couldn’t be there to support his little girl, his colleagues showed up instead; hundreds of them, in fact.
Los Angeles Fire Specialist Tory Carlon was killed on duty, and his ‘Fire Family’ made sure his daughter Joslyn felt his presence at her high school graduation a few days later as hundreds of them lined the entrance of the ceremony.
The “Morning Express with Robin Meade” had the emotional footage of Joslyn walking to graduation surrounded by hundreds of her father’s “colleagues.” She wore her dad’s fire jacket to get her diploma, and the 300 firefighters cheered for her when she accepted it.
According to a local media outlet, Battalion Chief Nick Berkuta said the “Fire Department family are here in place of Tory because he can’t be here.” A Fire Department captain said they were all there to make sure she knew they were thinking about her and to show their support.
Graduate Joslyn Carlon, wearing her father’s fire turnout coat, is lead off the stage after receiving her diploma during the Saugus High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Thursday, 060321. Dan Watson/The Signal pic.twitter.com/HiS7Md2hzu
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Her dad was shot at the fire station, allegedly by a firefighter at the station who wasn’t working at the time in what authorities were calling a possible workplace dispute. That certainly doesn’t make it any less tragic.
Seeing the hundreds of stoic firefighters lining the entrance, though, shows Joslyn that even though her dad couldn’t be there that day, she’s not alone.
“It means that we’re always going to be with them,” one of the firefighters said. “The Fire Department family is huge and strong, and they can come to us anytime for anything they need.”