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Dozens in law enforcement show up at graduation for fallen officer's son

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GRIFFIN, GA (CBS46) -

An entire section of people sitting in the home bleachers at Griffin High School stadium stood as one as Hezekiah Jordan's name was announced.

The roar of their cheers rivaled that of any football game touchdown seen from those seats, and yet it is bittersweet it was so loud.

Even the air horns used by other young families to draw attention to their child's accomplishment could not hold a candle to the wave of sound Jordan's graduation commanded.

Fueled by pride, and a deep feeling of sorrow for the young man, it washed over everyone and everyone added their voice to it.

Everyone except Jordan's father who was not there, at least not physically.

Officer Kevin Jordan would have been proud to watch his son walk across that stage, as he was proud the day his son was commissioned into the ROTC.

It is a tragedy beyond words that he could not share this monumental moment in his son's life with him today, his own life taken at the hands of a gunman just seven days prior.

Officer Kevin Jordan was arresting a woman in a Waffle House parking lot when police say the woman's boyfriend pulled out a gun and shot Jordan five times in the back.

At least one of those bullets missed his bulletproof vest and caused the damage that would kill him.

In the days following that terrible event, law enforcement officers decided to show support for Jordan's family.

Many planned to attend the graduation of Jordan's son, to show him that he and his family are not alone. Word spread quickly by mouth and social media.

Dozens of fellow officers from cross north Georgia showed up at the graduation.

After the ceremony, the officers joined Hezekiah on the football field where his graduation was held. They surrounded the young man and shared a few quiet words that will be his alone to cherish.

His mother quickly found him and gave him a long hug. "I'm proud of you," said Tammy Jordan.

For Hezekiah and his family, his graduation day is one of celebration, tinged with loss and grief.

Overwhelmed by all that has happened, the young man and his mother could only stand in awe of the support they experienced.

Unable to fully express how she felt, Tammy Jordan made an emotional and simple statement. "They helped the day be a better day," said Jordan.

Really, what more can you hope for, in a situation like the one the Jordan's are suffering through.

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