Houston first-responders show up to see a fallen officer’s daughter off to her first day of school. As five-year-old Eliza Knox was being picked up by the school bus for her first day of kindergarten, she was surrounded by dozens of first-responders. Her Dad, HPD tactical flight officer Jason Knox, was killed in a police helicopter crash back in 2020 and his brothers-in-arms in the Houston Police Department have vowed to be there for all of the milestones in Knox’s family’s lives.
Houston Police officers, firefighters, and neighbors of the family gathered on the Knox’s front lawn before Eliza’s first day of school. They set up huge signs that read “Eliza’s 1st Day of Kindergarten,” another celebrating her brother Cooper starting third grade, and one that read “Dad 💙’s You.” Cooper got a similar sendoff before he started first grade. The kids’ school bus got a Houston Police motorcycle escort to school and when they arrived, there was a line of over a dozen mounted patrol officers there to greet them.
Eliza’s mom Kiera Knox says it means more than the world to her to have the support of her husband's former colleagues. “The love and support. Everything,” she says, holding back tears. “I don't have enough words." But for the Knox children, the most important thing is that they know they’re not alone.
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