DELRAY BEACH, Florida – One San Antonio boy who recently moved to Florida got a special surprise when two Delray Beach police officers stood in for his father who died while serving in Afghanistan.
At the beginning of August, 11-year-old RaShawn James Lewis, or R.J., moved from San Antonio to Delray Beach, Florida with his mother, Elizabeth Lewis. After the move and an evacuation due to Hurricane Irma, R.J. was starting to settle in his new home when he learned about “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” at his elementary school.
The day was scheduled for September 27 which was also R.J.’s 11th birthday.
R.J.’s Grandmother Linda Hill, who lives in San Antonio, said Lewis wanted to make sure R.J. didn’t feel left out since his father, U.S. Army Captain Darrell Lewis, died in 2007 in Afghanistan when R.J was only 9-months-old.
So to make the day special, Lewis found the two perfect police officers to help surprise R.J.
According to CBS 12 in West Palm Beach, Officer Adam Whiting escorted R.J. to class that morning and then after breakfast, the event turned into a birthday celebration for R.J. when Lieutenant Darrell Hunter showed up to help R.J.’s class sing ‘Happy Birthday.’
“You put on this uniform and it gives you an opportunity that there’s a chance that we can impact somebody’s life in a positive way,” Lt. Hunter told CBS 12.
“Being able to help a Gold Star family is quite an honor,” Officer Whiting told CBS 12, who is also a U.S. Marine veteran.
Both Hill and Lewis were so grateful that the officers took the time out of their dad to celebrate R.J.
“Two policemen took time out of their busy day to give a complete stranger an 11th birthday he’ll never forget,” Hill said.
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