When U.S. Army Captain Darrell Lewis was killed in June 2007 while serving in Afghanistan, he left behind a wife and 1-year-old son. Ten years later, RaShawn James, a.k.a. RJ, Lewis, is in 5th grade. He and his mom, Elizabeth Lewis, just moved to Delray Beach from San Antonio, Texas in August, so on the annual “Dads take your kids to school day” today, they found themselves with no father-figure to take RJ to school.
Then mom and son came up with an idea: maybe another man in uniform could stand in for Capt. Lewis. So they stopped by DBPD and introduced themselves to Lt. Darrell Hunter, who arranged for Officer Adam Whiting to escort RJ to class. Because today also happens to be RJ’s 11th birthday, Lt. Hunter then stopped by later in the morning to help RJ’s class sing “Happy Birthday.” “Darrell was an awesome man,” Elizabeth Lewis said of her husband, who was killed at age 31 by sniper fire in Vashir City. “He was funny. He was smart. If he were here, he would have made 10 friends already. I see that in my son, and it makes me happy. Although he can’t raise him, there is a little bit of Darrell in R.J.” Elizabeth Lewis also served in the U.S. Army and met her husband in Korea. Originally from Washington D.C., he was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas. The men and women of DBPD wish R.J. a very happy birthday, and we thank the Lewis family for their service and sacrifice. We are honored our officers could stand with R.J. today. Capt. Darrell Lewis definitely did #LEADtheWay! #AmericanHero #usarmy #operationenduringfreedom #DadsTakeYourKidsToSchoolDay