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Terminally ill 7-year-old sworn in as honorary police officer so he could follow in dad's footsteps

A young boy in Torrance, California, with a terminal condition was sworn in as an honorary police officer, much to his delight. (Image source: Facebook video screenshot)

Drake Walker, a terminally ill 7-year-old living in Torrance, California, will not live long enough to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.

His father — a sergeant at the Torrance Police Department himself — and the rest of the Walker family were able to witness Drake's swearing-in as an honorary police officer on Tuesday night anyway.

What are the details?

Drake was diagnosed with terminal and aggressive brain cancer in August.

Officers from the Torrance Police Department — including Drake's dad — were present during a Tuesday night City Council meeting in which Drake was sworn in as an honorary officer.

The department shared a portion of Drake's swearing-in on Facebook, with the caption: "Introducing our newest officer. Last night, Drake Walker, son of Sergeant Walker was sworn in as an Honorary Police Officer. 7-year-old Drake was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive and inoperable cancerous brain stem tumor. Please join us in welcoming Drake to Torrance PD’s rank and file. #DrakeWalkerStrong #TPDFamily #PrayersForDrake."

In the video, a female officer can be heard asking Drake the following questions.

"As an honorary police officer of the City of Torrance, will you promise to protect and serve the people and the places of our fine city?"

"As an honorary police officer of the City of Torrance, will you promise to be kind to others, and try to always do the right thing?

"As an honorary police officer of the City of Torrance, will you promise to help others when they need help?"

After each question, Drake smiled broadly — his right hand raised, palm open — and answered "yes."

After Drake answered the series of questions, his own father was able to pin on his badge, which read "Honorary Officer, Torrance Police, Drake."

What else?

The department also shared a link to the family's GoFundMe page, which has received more than $49,000 in donations.

One last thing…
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