He couldn't be there to see his twin daughters graduate, so his fellow police officers stood in for him.
It's been five years since Maplewood police officer Joe Bergeron died in the line of duty, so there was going to be a notable absence when Alexandra and Samantha Bergeron accepted their diplomas at White Bear Lake Area High School.
So in honor of their fallen colleague and to show support for his daughters, members of Maplewood Police Department stood in his stead at the ceremony on Friday, according to the department's Facebook page.
"We are very proud of you and glad we could join your mom, family & friends at this special time," a posting said.
The Pioneer Press reports that Bergeron was shot and killed while investigating a carjacking in 2010, with Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell saying they realized his daughters were about to graduate without their father.
"It had come up that the five-year anniversary of his death was getting near, and at the same time we realized his two girls were graduating," he told the newspaper.
"It was a nice showing, and I think that the girls were certainly surprised," he added. "We wanted to be there for them, and we were glad we were."
Minnesota lawmakers recently passed a bill that will see a section of Highway 36 in Maplewood renamed the Sgt. Joseph Bergeron Memorial Highway.