Dozens of officers escort son of fallen officer to first day of school

Posted at 12:02 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 13:38:45-04

Aaron Allan Jr. and his father, Aaron Allan. (WXIN)

CLERMONT, Ind. (WXIN) – Aaron Allan Jr. last saw his dad on July 27, 2017, when Southport Lt. Aaron Allan walked his then 5-year-old son to the bus stop for his first day of kindergarten.

No one could have ever imagined that just a few hours later he would be killed in the line of duty.

Today, Aaron Jr. is starting his first day of first grade, but this time, he’s starting school without his dad.

So this morning dozens of officers showed up to his house. They lined the street with their squad cars and escorted him to school.

They left with their lights on, but no sirens. Aaron Jr. and his mom rode with Southport Police Chief Tom Vaughn.

Vaughn tells FOX59 the support for the Allan family will continue well past today.

“Aaron is never going to be forgotten, and they are part of a family that’s always going to be with them. No matter what, we’ll be here,” Vaughn said.

There have been numerous tributes for Allan over the past year.

Last night at National Night Out, a sculpture made in tribute to Lt. Allan was on display that will eventually sit at Southport’s new municipal complex.

Also in memory of Lt. Allan, the Indiana Police Wives Ministry is asking everyone to share their own pictures of special moments like this one. The group asks people to upload them to Facebook with the hashtag “#1stdayhero” to show Lt. Allan’s son – and all kids – that they do not walk alone.