Entire Phoenix Police Force Attends Kindergarten Graduation Of Fallen Officer’s Daughter

Three days after her father was killed in the line of duty, Tatum Raetz graduated kindergarten as hundreds of police officers cheered her on.

1. Officer Daryl Raetz of the Phoenix Police Department was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning, leaving behind his wife, Stephanie, and his daughter, Tatum, who was to graduate from kindergarten in three days.

Tatum Raetz.

3. “She had 300, 400 parents up here for her this morning,” Officer James Holmes told AZ Family. “It was absolutely amazing. It was bittersweet and it was a bit overwhelming for all of us.”

4. The graduation ceremony was standing room only.

7. “I wish he were here to see [Tatum graduate], but I hope we do him proud.”

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