Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Teen Was Encircled By Cops At Her Prom… But Look What They’re Holding!

It was supposed to be a routine response to a nuisance 911 call for officer Charles Kondek. Tragedy struck when the 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Kondek left behind his wife and six children.

At his funeral, over three thousand men and women in uniform paid tribute to the man who was seen as an outstanding father and a protector of the community. During the service his youngest daughter Aleena said her “dad died as a hero, but he was my hero before any of yours.”

It became a bittersweet moment when his daughter was getting ready for prom but knew her dad could not be physically be with her to celebrate. Aleena was taken by surprise when she was getting dropped off for the big night and saw a sea of blue.

Charlie Kondek spent five years as an officer with the New York Police Department before moving to Florida.

He was described a family man who coached his daughter's soccer team and loved listening to AC/DC at full blast. Officer Kondek usually worked the midnight shifts so he could be home to make breakfast for his family before they went to school or work.

Charlie Kondek spent five years as an officer with the New York Police Department before moving to Florida.

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Kondek always wanted to be a cop. His father and uncle were also in the force in New York, where he was originally from.

The Tarpon Springs Police Department wanted the fallen officer's family to know they would always be there for them. They know they cannot replace Kondek but rather pay respects for everything he did for his fellow officers and the community.

Kondek always wanted to be a cop. His father and uncle were also in the force in New York, where he was originally from.

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17-year-old Aleena was sad her dad would not be there with her to take the traditional prom photos.

Her mom Teresa secretly organized for the officers to be present the moment Aleena was dropped off at prom.

17-year-old Aleena was sad her dad would not be there with her to take the traditional prom photos.

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Aleena says the officers always text her asking her how she's doing.

The officers also help around with things her father would do around the house.

Aleena says the officers always text her asking her how she's doing.

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"I love each and every one of them," Aleena says of the officers.

For the teen, the men and women in blue walk the walk. "They always say, 'never forgotten,' and I totally believe that," says Aleena about their genuine care for her and her family.

"I love each and every one of them," Aleena says of the officers.

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