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Daughter Of Slain Officer Gets Police Escort On First Day Of Kindergarten (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly

Police officers in Akron, Ohio, went above and beyond when they escorted the daughter of a fallen brother to her first day of kindergarten. 

Officer Justin Winebrenner, 32, was shot and killed on Nov. 16 after attempting to stop a gunman at a bar while off duty and unarmed. On Thursday, Charlee Winebrenner’s first day of kindergarten, officers from Akron and nearby towns showed up to her home to bring her to school. 

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“I thought the officers coming out was great,” Charlee Winebrenner’s mother, Alyse Shanafelt, said. “This is a really emotional time for me anyway, but I know they will always be there for her and it helps knowing that since I don’t have her father anymore to go to but I have all these guys standing in.”

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Police work runs in the Winebrenner family, as the late officer’s father, Rob Winebrenner, is a retired sergeant. He was also there the day his granddaughter started school. 

“As a father I see Justin in all of them …,” he said of the officers that escorted his granddaughter. "They represent Justin. They are here for him. I don’t think they will ever break their promise to be there for Charlee. 

“Obviously when I can’t keep an eye on her, these guys all want to take their part. It’s about the brotherhood[.] It’s about police officers, the thin blue line. The greatest fraternity there is. So many times if you drive by and see a group of police officers you think something bad has happened, but this is a good story about police.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Akron Beacon Journal / Photo credit: Mike Cardew via Akron Beacon Journal