10-year-old cancer survivor made honorary Aurora police officer

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Justin Miller was made an honorary Aurora police officer and was granted the Medal of Honor on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (Photo: Jon Bowman).

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AURORA, Colo. -- The Aurora Police Department made 10-year-old Justin Miller an honorary police officer on Wednesday, and presented him the Medal of Honor.

It's the first time in Aurora Police Department history that a civilian has been given the honor, however it was for a very special person.

Miller was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, when he was three years old. Over the past seven years, Miller has had six bouts with cancer and is still fighting.

"He has use of a half of one kidney, 50% use of his eyes and ears, but he still manages to fight thru what has been a serious battle with cancer," said mom, Lori Ahern. "He is the bravest kid I know, and because his ailments would keep him from ever trying to be a cop, Marine or firefighter, this is the greatest thing that could ever happen to Justin."

The Aurora Police Department was made aware of Justin’s story through the non-profit organization, Cops Fighting Cancer.

The Cops Fighting Cancer group within the department ran into Justin during their annual 'Long Blue Line' motorcycle rides to Children's Hospital. When they heard about his battle, they knew they had to do something.

Something turned out to be honors no civilian has ever earned. Justin got the Medal of Honor, he is now an honorary officer and he was given shoulder patches and badges few have ever received.

"We just think this kid is super special," said Officer Jim Seneca, who heads up Cops Fighting Cancer. "He is by far a kid who continues to fight off an illness which is trying to make him submitt."

Watch more about Justin's battle with cancer below.

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