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Tatum Raetz’ daddy couldn’t make it to her kindergarten graduation. So hundreds of her adoptive daddies did.
Her father, Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz, was struck down in the line of duty over the weekend. While investigating a possible DUI, another driver killed him and fled the scene.
As his daughter Tatum drove up to her elementary school, she learned that she had a bigger family than she ever imagined:
Because her father couldn’t be there, her Phoenix Police Department family showed up to stand in his stead and celebrate Tatum.
“She had 300, 400 parents up here for her this morning,” Officer James Holmes said. “It was absolutely amazing. It was bittersweet and it was a bit overwhelming for all of us.”
Officers lined the sidewalk clapping for Tatum and congratulating her as she and her mother walked into the school for the graduation ceremony. Inside the auditorium, it was standing room only with a sea of blue in the back and along the side of the room.
God bless Officer Raetz and God bless his little girl.