Wednesday morning, Fairburn officers escorted Astree’s daughter, Laurali, to Alexander High School, as well as her little brother, Jonathan, to his first day at Mason Creek Elementary School. The little boy clasped an officer’s hand and the two walked down a school hall lined with other officers.
Astree died at the scene of the July 28 wreck on Capps Ferry Road just south of Brookcrest Court shortly before 8 a.m., a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson previously said. Astree was off duty at the time of the crash, police said. In addition to his children, he is survived by his wife, mother and brother, according to his obituary.
For Astree’s widow, it was important for the children to return to some normalcy, even after losing their father days ago.
“I really wanted them to not miss the first day,” Kerry-Ann Astree said Wednesday afternoon.
For young Jonathan, it was especially not hard not to have his father posing with him for first-day photos. The 7-year-old loved having officers escort him, his mother said.
“Our officers will be there to support them long into the future due to the long-lasting impact Sgt. Astree left on us,” Bazydlo said. “The Astree family will always be part of the Fairburn Police Department family.”
The funeral for Astree will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at LifeGate Church in Villa Rica.