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It was a bittersweet high school graduation for one California girl whose dad died in the line of duty.
Sara Pedro's father passed away years ago, obviously meaning he couldn't be at her graduation.
His presence, though, was definitely felt.
"Her dad, John Pedro, paid the ultimate price patrolling the roads in Santa Cruz County when he gave his life and passed away serving our community. Sara was just two years old," said Officer Sam Courtney of the California Highway Patrol.
Sixteen years later and Sarah is thriving.
Dozens of her father's CHP family, including her mom, were there to celebrate the milestone with her.
"I kind of like turnaround and I see the first officer coming with these flowers and my diploma and he it was just, I had no idea it was going to happen and then suddenly so many more came and everyone's just like cheering so loud and calling my name. I started crying but that's to be expected," said Sara Pedro.
A flood of emotions were felt across a very loving, extended family.
"I think just seeing Sara's reaction you know, I don't know if she knows how much she's thought of, she will always have that extended family with the highway patrol and she is special to us," said Courtney.
"Ever since I can remember the CHP has been there for me and my mom in way too many ways to count. I know he's always with me but it was really nice to have another physical presence here representing him," said Pedro.
She's going to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall and plans to study communications.
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