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Tewksbury Police Adopt Boy Battling Cancer Into the Force

Cole Moniz, 4, was made an honorary police officer and given $5,000 by Cops for Kids with Cancer and the Tewksbury Police Department.

Tewksbury's newest, and youngest, police officer looked sharp in his uniform, which makes sense. He had some time to break it in.

"He put that on last night, and couldn't take it off," said Christine Moniz, the mother of Cole Moniz, who was given a check for $5,000 from Cops for Kids With Cancer on Thursday. "He was up before 7 a.m. with it on asking 'Is today Cops for Kids? Is it time?' He was very excited."

Cole, just four years old, is battling leukemia. On Thursday, he was given a police convoy from his home to the Tewksbury Police Department by officers from around the state. The line of cruisers, complete with flashing lights, included 40 vehicles.

Once he arrived, his family received the check from Bob Faherty of Cops for Kids. He also was sworn in by Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan as an honorary police officer.

Tewksbury Police gave Cole a toy police cruiser that he can drive around in, complete with a siren and public address system.

Sheehan told the Moniz family that their relationship won't end when the presentation came to a conclusion on Thursday. He said the oath Cole took means that he is officially a part of the so called thin blue line.

"We just want you to know that you are an adopted family to all of us now," said Sheehan. "Your family is our family. Everyone here is a brother, a sister, an uncle, a surrogate father to Cole and to (his brother) Dante. We're friends to you for life now." 
Christine Pacheco Moniz March 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Thank you to the Tewksbury Police Dept, Cops For Kids with Cancer and all the other officers that took time too come and make it such a special day for Cole and our entire family. We will never forget this day and these special memories that you gave us. There aren't enough words to describe how we feel about our community coming together to help us. From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!
Anna Marie J Augusta March 14, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Thank you Tewksbury police
Trish Bourne March 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM
God bless!! That was super cool! Took a break from work to watch you all roll by. Knew it had to be something special!!
denise March 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM
good job!! makin' that kid smile was all worth it right? prayers to him and his family!
Michele Matranga March 14, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Very well done by the Tewksbury Police! Heartwarming ! Thanks for paying it forward for such a special boy!

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