The West Palm Beach, Florida Police Department made a pact to take care of Tatyana Morash when her father, officer Thomas Morash, was killed in the line of duty 15 years ago.
Tatyana told ABC 15 that she was young when her dad died, so some details are a blur:
“I was only eight, so I don’t really remember much. It’s all a blur to me, but having them all there for me is what I do remember.”
Officer Morash died in a motorcycle accident while on duty in 2003.
West Palm Beach Lt. Frank Distefano said the details of that time are as clear as if they happened recently. He said the hardest part was watching a young Tatyana not understand it all:
“What’s really hard is to see somebody….whose 8-year-old doesn’t really have the concept of what happened.”
At that moment, the officers made a promise and a pact to always be there for Tayana every step of the way. Distefano said that was part of their goal:
“That became our mission years ago, serving those left behind.”
Through the years, they have kept that promise and Tayana said her dad would be proud:
“Growing up, they always told me I always had all these uncles. I think he’d be proud….proud of all his brothers.”
With the help of the officers, Tatyana is able to add to the small memories she has of her father. She said they help to keep his memory alive:
“Everybody tells me how good of a person he was, and that’s how I remember him.”
Not only has the department been there for her emotionally, but they have also physically been there for Tatyana as well. They have been there for her birthdays, graduation, and took part in her engagement.
“I have to know he’s watching over and it will be a happy day because I don’t want it to be a sad day.”
West Palm Beach Police Department Detective Ron Robbins said the bond they share is not going anywhere anytime soon:
“We continue to be there, and we plan on being there forever.”