Police attend the graduation of a fallen officer’s daughter (includes video story)

In Gowrie, Iowa, Webster County Sheriff Nick Dunbar and seven other police officers took part in Kalie Buenting’s graduation ceremony at Southeast Valley High School as a way of honoring her father, who was also an officer. Jamie Buenting, Kalie’s dad, died 10 years ago in a standoff in nearby Rockwell City, not far from the Minnesota border. For those who attended, this act symbolized that law enforcement is a community that is always there for fallen comrades’ families. 

The officers throughout the ceremony stood to show the unwavering loyalty and strong fraternal bond that unites law enforcement personnel. Their simple presence was enough to give hope and resilience.

The emotional weight of the moment could be felt as Kalie went across the stage to get her diploma. The officers stood there, proud and visibly moved, watching as she achieved this landmark event in her life. Kalie was then greeted with heartfelt hugs from Sheriff Dunbar and others. These were more than mere physical gestures; they signified a connection with her father and assurance that his colleagues are still there to help him live on. 

The graduation ceremony at Southeast Valley High School turned into a sentimental recognition of a fallen hero. The presence of the policemen, their backing and the way they interacted sincerely with Kalie reminded everyone that the community will always hold her dad in high esteem.

Fiorella Mora is a bilingual journalist at Florida International University with experience in marketing. Mora is an intern who oversees marketing activities at FIU Athletics. She has experience in editing, social media management, and photography. Mora is interested in news reporting where she hopes to use her bilingual skills and digital communication experience in the industry. Mora will graduate from the Lee Caplin School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in digital and interactive media in Spring 2024.