A Washington father and his 6-year-old daughter bought coffee for a group of police officers who were mourning the death of a fellow officer.
When Mario Woodworth and his daughter, Izabel, saw officers manning a roadblock for a funeral procession, they knew they had to do something to pay their respects, KCPQ reported.
“There’s a good chance that they might not come home, they might not have Christmas or Thanksgiving with their families," Woodworth told KCPQ.
The procession included a total of 750 vehicles, The News Tribune reported. It started at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and made its way toward South Tacoma Way.
“This is totally important. Even if it wasn’t a snow day today, she wasn’t going to school,” Woodworth said of his daughter. “She was going to be with me to show our respect.”
The funeral procession was in honor of officer Jake Gutierrez, a 17-year Tacoma police veteran. Hundreds of officers and residents from all across the county gathered to pay tribute to the fallen officer.
“I’m here to say thank you and [pay] my tribute to them,” Cole Nagel told the news station.
“It’s about showing respect for the fallen,” said James Schrimpsher of the Algona Police Department. “It’s about showing solidarity and brotherhood with Tacoma in their time of grief. It’s just our way of showing respect.”
“We’re a brotherhood, we all stick together,” added Brian Bard. “We all care about one another even though we might not know each other by name or by face, but we all care about each other.”
Woodworth said showing his support for Gutierrez was the least he could do. Izabel added that she sees a badge in her own future.
“It’s just a little token of appreciation for what they do every day,” Woodworth said.