Police Officers Attend Football Game of Fallen Officer's Son
They have no intention of breaking the very important promise they made.
Excitement was in the air last Saturday as the Cathey Middle School football team ran onto the field for their first game of the season in McAllen, TX. For most everyone in attendance, the moment was also bittersweet.
One of the team's players recently lost his father, a Mission Police Officer. Cpl. Jose "Speedy" Espericueta was shot and killed in June while on duty. His death shook the community, and his fellow officers wanted to show up to support his family.
"We made a promise to the family- we were always going to be there for special events and today this is his first football game," Javier Lara, an officer with the Mission Police Department, told KGBT-TV .
Dozens of police officers and other law enforcement filled the stands at the James "Nikki" Rowe Football stadium. A police helicopter flew overhead to honor the fallen officer before the game.
"This would have been Speedy's place, to be here with his son," Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said. "It's an important day for him, his mom and his sister, and it's an important day for us as part of his extended family."
This wasn't the only family event that the officers had shown up for since Espericueta's passing. They were there to welcome Joaquin on his first day of school, and others helped move his daughter into her college dorm in San Antonio.
The football team went on to win the game with Joaquin, the team's center, playing a great game.
Mission police officers joined Joaquin for a coin toss before the game.
"He was really excited. He was real thankful about us being here for him," Lara said about Joaquin. "He has a huge heart. He's going to be a good young man."
Following in his father's footsteps, no doubt.
(Source: City of Mission, TX - Government Facebook )