GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (WTXF) A local boy became an honorary police officer in his hometown.
Few Gloucester Township patrolmen head off to their first day on the job buckled into a booster seat. But then, few new cops are 7 years old and even fewer are battling leukemia.
Gloucester Township police learned of Liam Lindsey's love of law enforcement and pulled out all the stops to make him an honorary officer in their department. He got his own uniform and he was sworn in by the mayor himself. All under the watchful eye of his mom, Lauren.
"This is a dream come true. He's gone through a lot. Treatment is difficult. Makes him sick, lots of needles” she told FOX 29.
The police showed Liam how to work with K-9 officers because it's one of his favorite things. And they gave him a tour of and a ride in their armored SWAT vehicle. He even got to handle the department's robot.
Liam's grandma was there to take pictures and soak it all in.
"It was unbelievable what they did for him and are doing for him. It just made me so happy. Close to tears," she explained.
The department could have given the little boy a plaque and a badge and sent him on his way. Instead, they spent time showing him what they do and encouraged his love of helping others.
And when his first day on the job was nearing its end, a 7-year-old boy with a medical mountain to overcome, was asked what he wants to do when he's all grown up; be a policeman, of course, "Because they're the coolest job in the world."
To help Liam, please visit the family's GoFundMe page.