02/25/2014

Ill boy named Detroit's chief for a day passes away

Jayvon had always wanted to be a Detroit police officer, and his wish was granted on Jan. 31

Associated Press

DETROIT — A 9-year-old boy who was named Detroit's honorary police chief for a day while fighting leukemia has died.

Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson tells The Detroit News that Jayvon Felton died Monday at Children's Hospital in Detroit. The fourth-grader was diagnosed with leukemia in April.

Jayvon had always wanted to be a Detroit police officer, and his wish was granted on Jan. 31.

Donning a blue SWAT uniform, embroidered with his name, he arrived at police headquarters by helicopter. He was greeted by classmates from Roberto Clemente Academy, police dogs and mascots that included the Detroit Tigers' Paws.

That day, Detroit Chief James Craig said Jayvon's trip was a reminder, even for the most hardened officers, "how important every precious moment is."

Police say funeral arrangements are pending.

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