AURORA, Colo. -- Ben Brewer is battling Neuroblastoma cancer. He has been fighting the illness for 12 of his 14 years.
On Wednesday, the Cops Fighting Cancer program brought the youngster and his family to Aurora City Hall for a surprise ceremony to swear in Ben as an honorary police officer.
“We do this every year to help a kids fighting cancer,” program organizer Officer James Seneca said. “We invite the rank and file along with the top brass to come welcome someone new to the ‘Long Blue Line’ in Aurora.”
Ben donned a dress police officer hat, raised his hand and took the oath. When the ceremony was over, the youngster was taken to a patrol car outside where he was strapped in and used the radio to let dispatch and other Constables On Patrol know he was heading out on his first watch of sorts.
“Unit 413 is on patrol!” Brewer said. “I am surprised and excited about becoming an officer.”
Brewer is a student at Thunder Ridge Middle School.
The Cops Fighting Cancer program in Aurora was founded in Colorado in 2003 by Secena. CFC provides financial and emotional support to patients and families who find themselves in great need.
Next up for the program, on Dec. 17, the 13th annual Long Blue Line Ride to Children’s Hospital will see cops bring toys to kids fighting cancer.