Gloria Garza was just three years old when her father, Bexar County Deputy Jesse Garza, was killed while answering an emergency call back in 2003.
But 1200 WOAI news reports the Sheriff's Department does not forget their fallen comrades and their families, and tonight, as Gloria walks across the stage at the Alamodome to receive her diploma from Southwest High School, a full Sheriff's Honor Guard, and Sheriff Javier Salazar, will accompany her to the graduation.
Among the units which will escort Gloria into the Alamodome will be the Jesse Mounted Unit, which was named in honor of her father.
Salazar says other units which will be on hand include the San Antonio Police Department's Big Pipers and Drummers, and a San Antonio Fire Department and a Bulverde VFD Fire Ladder truck will create an honorary arch, draped with an American flag, for Gloria and her family to pass under on their way to the ceremony, and The Bexar County Sheriff Honor Guard will escort Gloria to her seat with her classmates.
Deputies say they are proud to be part of the honor guard, and they never forget their fallen comrades and their families.