Terminally Ill 5-Year-Old Boy’s Wish to Become Police Officer Granted in Massachusetts

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Multiple agencies worked together to grant a terminally ill 5-year-old boy his wish of becoming a police officer. (Credit: Springfield Police Department)

A little boy’s wish to become a police officer came true Wednesday with the help of the Springfield Police and Fire departments, State Police and American Medical Response employees.

The unidentified 5-year-old boy is battling a terminal illness and his wish was to be a police officer for a day.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney explained on Facebook that Baystate Children’s Specialty Center contacted them about the boy’s dream and, “Without hesitation we immediately said yes.”

More than 50 off-duty Springfield police officers, Massachusetts State Police troopers, Springfield Fire Department members, and AMR employees volunteered their time to make this little boy’s wish come true.

“A convoy proceeded to Baystate Medical Center and picked the little boy up. He was given a badge as well and rode in a Springfield squad car where he got to put the sirens and lights on,” explained Delaney.

First responders lined up at the Baystate Children’s Specialty Center to meet him and shake his hand.

“He truly touched all of our lives. He will forever be remembered as an honorary Springfield Police Officer for his love and respect of law enforcement,” Delaney added.