On Austin Touzzollo’s first day of kindergarten, his father couldn’t be there. But that day, about three dozen police officers from the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx were, as they had promised, to make sure the 5-year-old didn’t feel alone.
“I found out when I opened the front door and was ready to bring Austin out for typical first day for school pictures. They said since day one that they would be here for my family and they really have stayed true to their word.” Amy Touzzollo told Inside Edition.
Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, a 19-year veteran officer, who was also 41-years-old and the father of two boys, was killed by an ex-con, who had taken his own wife and child hostage. The criminal was ultimately shot and killed by another officer during the incident with the police.
Lt. Emmanuel Kwo was one of the officers at Austin’s bus-stop and credits Touzzollo for saving his life that night when they were responding to a disturbance. Touzzollo reportedly yelled “gun, gun, gun!” Allowing Kwo to dodge the gunfire quickly, and avoid any life-threatening injury.
“I was shot, and he saved my life, so myself and everyone pictured and thousands around the city have pledged to Lisa that we will always be here for her family and never forget them,” Kwo, who runs the Patches4Paul Facebook page honoring the former officer, reportedly told ABC News.
The officers treat each-other like family and were there to make sure Austin, his brother, and mom felt surrounded by love and that they are by their side through these milestones in their family life.
The sons of Tuozzolo accepted their father’s Medal of Honor at NYPD’s Medal Day. NYPD’s Medal Day honors members of the NYPD who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.