Deputies in Hall County, Georgia, made sure the first day of school was memorable for Caden Dixon, son of Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon who was shot and killed on July 7.

Caden and his mom, Stephanie, got a special escort on the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The fourth-grader was surrounded by sheriff’s deputies as he started his new school year.

In the Facebook post, the sheriff’s office wrote: “Hall County Sheriff’s Deputies joined Caden Dixon and his mother Stephanie this morning as Caden began the new school year as a fourth-grader. They wanted to give Caden and Stephanie some extra support and encouragement on this first day of class. The Sheriff’s Office and Hall County community are proud of them both.”

Dixon, Caden’s father, had been with the Hall County Sheriff’s Department for three years. He also left behind a son, who is not even 6 months old, named Colt.