The bonds between police officers cannot be broken, even by death.
Inside Edition reports that when 20-year Tennessee police veteran Kevin Stolinsky passed away following a medical emergency last November, his fellow officers gave him a huge send-off at his funeral — but their loyalty didn’t end there.
With the help of her dad’s fellow officers, Stolinsky’s 5-year-old daughter, Anna, was escorted into her first day of kindergarten this year at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna, Tennessee.
This video shows Anna high-fiving a line of police officers standing shoulder-to-shoulder to see her off to her first day of school, standing in for the father who would have been there if he could.
“That made me start to cry. I was sad. That reminded me of my dad and was feeling like I never get to see him,” Anna said.
According to the video on Murfreesboro.com, “In honor of her father and in support of her family, Anna and her mom were given a police escort to school by several motorcycle officers and then were surrounded by officers from multiple departments as she made her way to the front doors.”
“It was a very, very special day. All those officers who came out to support the memory of my husband,” Anna’s mother, Casey Stolinsky, told Inside Edition.
In November 2021, the detective passed away while on duty “due to a medical incident.” In a tweeted announcement, the La Vergne, Tennessee Police Department asked for prayers for the family as they mourned the loss of this husband, father and fellow officer.
We are asking for your thoughts and prayers as LPD mourns one of its own. Detective Sgt. Kevin Stolinsky passed away this afternoon while on duty due to a medical incident. We ask you pray for his family as they begin to mourn and cope with this sudden loss. pic.twitter.com/pc4TRIV7p1
— La Vergne, TN Police Department (@LaVergneTNPD) November 13, 2021
“He was one of the best of us,” Mayor Jason Cole told the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. “He constantly fought to make things better for others. Wasn’t for himself. He was always fighting for other people, and always trying to make any situation (better), whether it was work or life.”
Stolinsky continues to inspire the best in those carrying on his memory, witnessed by all who saw his fellow police officers make sure Anna felt her dad’s presence on her first day of school.