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December 04, 2013
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Photo: Boy, 5, fulfills dream of becoming honorary cop

Morgan Steward's illness didn't get in the way of his dream to become a cop

By PoliceOne Staff

COVINGTON, Ga. — The Covington Police Department found out about a little boy whose dream was to become a police officer after a photo of the boy went viral on Facebook, prompting police to reach out to the boy to make his dream come true.

Morgan Steward, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, is a technology-loving boy who has always had a love of police officers, according to the Rockdale News. Morgan's doctors told his parents patients with Type 2 SMA have a 20-30 year life expectancy, but his parents are optimistic that a cure is in their future. 

According to Capt. Ken Malcom, Steward will lead the town’s Christmas parade from the passenger seat of a police cruiser as an honorary officer.

Honorary police officer Morgan Steward (center) and Chief Stacey Cotton (left). (Photo courtesy Covington Police)

“Morgan is very curious about what police officers do, and he likes sirens,” Morgan’s dad, Barron Steward told Yahoo Shine.

At a special swearing in ceremony, Morgan was presented with a navy blue shirt, complete with stitched-on police patches, a hat and an official police badge.

“I will remember to obey my mom and I keep my grades up,” Morgan swore with his right hand raised. 

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