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July 27, 2017 was a special morning for the Allan family. Lt. Aaron Allan of the Southport Indiana Police Department and his wife Stacy, walked their 5-year-old son Aaron Jr. to the bus stop, for his first day of Kindergarten.
Like any special event in their family, Stacy and Aaron did their best to be present. Aaron and Stacy always tried to make time in their hectic schedules for their little family. Aaron Jr’s first day of school was no exception.
Snapping pictures of his big day, his little heart was full of anxiety and courage. He held on to his daddy’s hand, nervous of the uncertainty, yet excited.
Aaron and Stacy showered him with words of encouragement, letting him know everything would go great, school is fun! He would meet new friends, have amazing teachers and learn so many cool things, it was also normal to feel nervous. Unbeknownst to them, their words would run so deep. Just like his daddy that day Aaron Jr walked into the unknown with an open mind and full of bravery.
Only an hour until the bus was to return Aaron Jr. home, Lt. Allan responded to an overturned single car accident. When Lt. Allan approached the car to help those inside, he was cowardly gunned down by one of the occupants. Multiple shots were fired at Lt. Allan, striking him 11 times. He was rushed to Eskanazi Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. That day a family, and the Community lost their Hero.
The pictures Stacy took that morning is a true testament of how Lt. Allan lived. He took time for his family, their hero behind the badge, a daddy who was always working, yet managed to be present in his son’s life.
No matter your occupation or what uniform you suit up in to face your day, busy mommies and daddies are heroes in the eyes of their children. We lead them by example.
This Wednesday (August 15, 2018) is the first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year here in Fremont. In memory of Lt. Aaron Allan and his family’s ultimate sacrifice, we ask that you take a moment to be present for your child. No matter the grade your child is in, will you join us in sending them off for their first day of school. Whether it’s walking them to the bus stop, the school house front door or to the car. Snap a picture of your special moment, much like Lt. Allan’s on July 27, 2017, upload it to Facebook with words of encouragement and use the hashtag #1stdayhero
Let’s show Aaron Jr. and all of our kiddos that they do not walk alone.