Little Emery Beck was surround on both sides by firefighters, who lined the sidewalk as Emery made her way to class.

Little Emery Beck was surround on both sides by firefighters, who lined the sidewalk as Emery made her way to class.

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- It's a day meant to be remembered forever in scrapbooks: the first day of kindergarten, when parents walk their child to class for the first time.

But for one Phoenix family, it was a bittersweet first day of kindergarten, as one parent was missing.

Phoenix firefighter Brian Beck, Jr., tragically lost his battle with occupational cancer in May of this year.

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So on Wednesday, Beck's fellow firefighters made certain that his daughter's first day of kindergarten did not go unnoticed by the fire department family.

Little Emery Beck was surround on both sides by firefighters, who lined the sidewalk as Emery made her way to class.

In a Facebook post, the United Phoenix Firefighters wrote, "We love you, Beck family, and will never forget the sacrifice you have made for the citizens of Phoenix."

From the reaction online, the photo and the gesture touched many hearts.

Comments on Facebook included:

"One thing I love about the fire department, it is always about family!"

"Nobody takes care of members and families better then firefighters. NOBODY."

"Bless the loving hearts of these firefighters."

"Brian was one of the strongest people I know, and that was directly because of his family," fellow firefighter Corey Raper has said. "When it all began and started, he was positive, he was happy, he was strong just like he was the whole way through."

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Beck was only 31 when when he died. He was a third-generation firefighter, and served at the Phoenix Fire Department for eight years. He often worked at Fire Station 33 in north Phoenix.

He left behind a wife, Sarah, and three small children.

Beck is the second firefighter the department lost this year to job-related cancer.

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