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Police Escort Fallen Comrade’s Teen Daughter to Prom

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When Tarpon Springs, Florida, police Officer Charlie Kondek was killed while on duty in 2014, his family’s life changed forever. Although Kondek was no longer there in body, his comrades at the Tarpon Springs Police Department made sure that his family was taken care of.

When it came time for Kondek’s daughter Aleena to go to her prom, she had a whole group of uniformed officers to escort her to the dance.

“They always say, ‘never forgotten,’ and I totally believe that,” Aleena told WSVN. “They’re always texting me, ‘How are you doing?’ and they step in with things that my dad did, and they’re amazing. I love each and every one of them.”

The officers say the act of kindness was the least they could do for the Kondek family.

“It’s our responsibility and our honor to stand in for Charlie. Charlie would be here and he’s not able to be here. So we want to be here for Charlie and for Aleena,” Maj. Jeff Young told Fox13.

“I know he’s always with me, “Aleena explained. “I just kept smiling throughout the day because I know he’s watching down. I know he’s probably tearing up watching me put makeup on and getting my hair done. They’re my dad’s brothers, and they’ve been stepping in, and they’re amazing.”