Firefighter Dad Suddenly Dies, Then Colleagues Show Up To His Son’s Football Game

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

If you’ve ever lost a parent, or even just someone who was like a parent to you, you know how difficult it is.

You realize how present they were in your life as soon as they are gone, and you won’t be able to see them again.

JV football captain Joe Cahill IV’s father, Joseph Cahill III, used to attend his football games. That was, until his sudden death in March.

The teen has been, of course, in grieving for his dad. This new school year, he had to start the football season on a sad note: his father wouldn’t be there to watch his first game of the year.

He tells Fox 25, “It’s been a lot different even at practice.

Just coming home and not having him, when I walked in the door, have someone give you tips every day, just a little different than it used to be.”

But even when his dad passed away, he still had support from loved ones and his dad’s former colleagues.

As a retired firefighter, his “brothers” stood by the grieving son’s side, and, more importantly, showed up to that first game.

Thirty off-duty firefighters lined up by the sidelines, and cheered on the team captain. And for the teen, their presence and support meant the world.

Please SHARE to show the Cahill family and this teen your support, and if you love what these firefighters did for him!

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