Police Escort Slain Officer's Girl on First Day of School
Officers in Ohio keep a promise
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2015 1:16 PM CDT
Charlee Winebrenner, center, walks with her mother Alyse Shanafelt, left, and grandparents Rob Winebrenner and Zee Shanafelt.   (MIKE CARDEW)
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(Newser) – Officers brought a smile to the face of a 5-year-old girl when they escorted her to her first day of kindergarten in Ohio—nine months after her father was shot to death while off-duty. Akron officer Justin Winebrenner, 32, was killed in November while helping remove an unruly customer from a pub. Following his death, Winebrenner's fellow officers promised to always be there for his daughter, Charlee. Yesterday, officers from several departments lined up to greet Charlee as her mom and grandparents walked her into Turkeyfoot Elementary in New Franklin. Her father's old cruisers were parked outside, as well.