Fire Department Honors Late Firefighter by Escorting his Son to School

LOS FRESNOS, Texas - A fire truck was parked outside an elementary school today, and firefighters crowded the hallway. 

But it wasn’t for a fire, but for a very special student. 

Pre-Kindergarten student Silus Edward Sheldon started school for the first time!

Like most first time students, Silus was escorted to school by his mom and more than a dozen firefighters after his father passed away earlier this year. 

“My son was a firefighter in Brownsville and Los Fresnos, these guys [firefighters] are his friends they wanted to honor him by escorting his son to class for the first day of school,” said Geronimo Sheldon, the father of the late firefighter, Derek Sheldon. 

Geronimo Sheldon is the Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal with the Los Fresnos Fire Department after retiring from Brownsville Fire Department after 30 years.

Derek Sheldon was a firefighter with the Brownsville Fire Department for eight years and started as a volunteer firefighter with the Los Fresnos Fire Department at age 16, he passed away in February.

Derek’s brother, Jarrett Sheldon, Deputy Fire Chief of Brownsville Fire Department and Captain of Los Fresnos Fire Department also escorted Silus to school. 

“We’re just want to show support since his dad is not able to be here,” Jarrett Sheldon said. 

The firefighters lined up in the school hallway and saluted Silus with high fives. 

Silus, like most students, had the first day jitters, but was smiling when close to his mother, grandfather and uncles. 

 

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