Sammy Nickalls
October 21, 2015 12:04 pm

Creighton Elliott Heslop may only be a one-year-old boy, but he’s officially an honorary police officer in the eyes of the Tomball Police Department in Texas. On Monday, he was given a pint-sized police uniform, as well as a badge and ID, and got his photo taken to be added to the board of city police officers. Why? Because Creighton, who’s always been totally fascinated by the police and those flashing red-and-blue lights, has proved himself a true hero after battling an incredibly rare form of cancer.

“Creighton’s mom contacted us several weeks ago, told us about his case and how he was diagnosed with cancer six months ago at just fourteen months old and that his treatment so far has been unsuccessful,” Tomball Police Chief Billy Tidwell told ABC News. “She said he really wanted to sit and play in a police car, and we decided that we could and should do more than just that.”

Creighton is now 20 months old and has been battling his cancer for the past six months. Sadly, his future is unclear, but that’s why his family and the police department have been trying their hardest to give them the best present they can — by declaring October 19th “Creighton Celebration of Life Day.”

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“[He is a] precious young man [who] loves to explore and is very adventurous, finding joy in any situation,” Mayor Gretchen Fagan said during the proclamation, according to ABC News.

Creighton also got to sit in the police car and on top of the police motorcycle, getting the chance to push all of the buttons. “In a couple of weeks, Creighton’s scheduled for a helicopter flight with a neighboring agency,” Tidwell said. “We’re doing all we can to ease this family’s pain and help him.”

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Our hearts are with the Heslop family during this difficult time, but it’s so, so beautiful that a town came together to put a smile on the face of a little boy who so truly deserves it. “It’s times like these where you remember why you took this oath of office,” the police department wrote on their Facebook page. “It’s also times like these where you wash your troubles away as you see this family celebrate the life of their son.”

(Images via Facebook.)

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