Cancer-Stricken Boy Named Honorary Police Chief Dies

DETROIT (February 25, 2014) Jayvon Felton, 9, who was named Detroit's honorary police chief for a day as he battled leukemia has died, Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson said.

The youngster, who was diagnosed with leukemia in April, died Monday at Children's Hospital in Detroit, Johnson said.

Jayvon always wanted to be a Detroit police officer, and his wish was granted on Jan. 31, when he donned a blue SWAT uniform, embroidered with his name and 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.

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

Police say funeral arrangements were pending Tuesday.


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