Lavergne Police Department
A 5-year-old girl entered her first day of kindergarten last Thursday, accompanied by a group of Tennessee police officers who were her late father’s classmates.
Officers from the La Vergne Police Department arrived at her home on August 8 in 20 motorcycles and five cars to escort Anna Stolensky to her new school. This heartfelt and heartbreaking gesture was made to honor the girl’s father, Sgt. Kevin Stolinsky, who died of a heart attack while on duty last year, today mentioned.
“I was reading a book and I went to tell Nana, ‘The cops are here!”‘ Anna said at the outlet.
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Anna’s mother, Casey Stolensky, was aware of the plan after her brother-in-law, David Stolensky—also an officer from the department—asked her permission.
Casey said today She and her daughter later boarded Lieutenant David Durham, the same officer who took them to the hospital, “on the night we got the call [about Kevin]. ”
“I sat in the same seat,” she added.
Upon their arrival at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna, the family was greeted by a group of officers who were ready to cheer Anna as she made her way into the school building.
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The Police Department also shared a video of this precious moment on their Facebook page.
“Today was the first day of kindergarten for Anna Stolensky, daughter of Laverne Police Lieutenant Kevin Stolensky who passed away on November 12, 2021,” they wrote in the caption. “In honor of her father and in support of her family, Anna and her mother were provided a police escort to school, then were flanked by officers from multiple departments as they made their way to the front doors.”
They continued, “Anna is back to give each of the officers five loud things to thank them for helping her get to school safely.”
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Last year, officers also showed their respect for Anna by presenting her the American flag at Kevin’s memorial service, per Daily News Journal.
While David was reflecting on his late brother’s time as an officer, he noted that Kevin “was doing what he loved.”
“He was supporting the families of police officers,” David explained. “He was encouraging the families of police officers. This is the family’s business.”