5-year-old Carmine Matteline had an exclusive crew alongside him to wish him well on his first day of school. His father, Andy Matteline, had been diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer and has been receiving treatment for it. Well, he left the hospital temporarily with his buddies in the police force to send his son off for his first day.\r\n\r\nOfficer Chris Kaatmann speaks with news stations about the experience. \u201cWe\u2019re friends but we\u2019re family also... We want to do whatever we can to again make this day special for him and his family.\u201d\r\nCarmine gets some extra help from his dad's friends, too!\r\nhttps:\/\/www.facebook.com\/CityOfWoodsonTerracePoliceDepartment\/posts\/2689171664449332\r\n\r\nThe story behind this set-up is actually so heartwarming. Carmine was getting ready to make the journey from home to school with the officers with him. Then, Andy shows up, surprising everyone including Carmine. Andy appears with two nurses and his brother-in-law (also a physician). Andy would receive permission from the hospital to leave temporarily for this moment.\r\n\r\nOn top of that, Andy had no idea that the officers were there with his son! Everyone gets a surprise. \u201cGet the joy, you can\u2019t buy that, get the happiness; this is awesome,\u201d Andy says to the group. \u201cThank you, guys, so much. It\u2019s amazing to see that support.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTo join Carmine and Andy in this first-day-of-school-journey, a representative from 9 separate departments came along. These include the departments of St. John, Bel-Bor, Breckenridge Hills, Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Warson Woods, Normandy, Webster Groves, and St. Louis County. Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff\u2019s Office also make an appearance.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s pretty amazing. It\u2019s so touching to see everyone here and everyone that hears about Andy wants to be there for Carmine,\u201d says Carmine's mother.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOne of the biggest reasons Andy wants to see off his son for the first day is because Carmine has autism. His parents have spent a great deal of time preparing Carmine for interacting with others.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is one of the biggest days and I didn\u2019t want to miss this,\u201d Andy says. \u201cHe means the world to me. We\u2019ve been through a lot together.\u201d\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/BqN92DszoHE\r\nWhat an absolutely beautiful story. Are you ready for more?\r\nA boy with autism hosts a birthday party and only one person RSVPs. That's when a whole football team decides to show up and celebrate!