Police escort fallen officer's kids to school on their first day

Video shows late officer's kids on their first day of school

Photo from Twitter

Police officers in Amarillo honored the late Officer Justin Scherlen’s memory by escorting his kids to school on their first day.

After losing his police officer dad, he has an army of stand-ins for this important first. #firstdayofschool2016 pic.twitter.com/BwtRMRuNmf

— Amarillo ISD (@AmarilloISD) August 22, 2016

Scherlen was severely injured in a traffic accident last September. He underwent multiple surgeries and physical rehabilitation following the accident.

Scherlen died Aug. 4 while vacationing with his family in New Mexico. Autopsy reports have not yet confirmed the cause of death.

APD escorting Jackson to his first day of Pre-K. Best of luck!! Elijah wanted to play with all the motorcycles. We love the Scherlens 💙

Posted by Stand 4 LEOs on Monday, August 22, 2016

He is survived by his wife and four children.

If his death resulted from wounds sustained in the automobile incident, Scherlen will be considered to have died in the line of duty. The last APD officer killed while on watch was Officer Mark Simmons, who died in 2008, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website, via Amarillo.com.

Amarillo Police Officer Justin Scherlen's end of watch was 8-4-16. We miss him. No one will ever be able to take his...

Posted by Humanizing the Badge on Monday, August 22, 2016

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