*Jayvon Felton, the 9-year-old boy who dreamed of being a Detroit police officer, got his wish before he passed away on Monday at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson told The Detroit News.
The fourth-grader, who had been home-schooled since his leukemia diagnosis in April, was sworn in as the city’s “new” top cop and named honorary “chief for a day” on January 31st.
Jayvon, with his big brown eyes and beautiful smile looked fine in his blue uniform, embroidered with his name. He even arrived at police headquarters by helicopter and was greeted by classmates from Roberto Clemente Academy, police dogs and mascots, including the Detroit Tigers’ mascot, Paws, as he held his press conference.
When the youngster was asked by Police Chief James Craig for his first order of business, Jayvon told the crowd: “Take the day off,” to the amusement of everyone in attendance, including officers, his teachers and media who trailed him on the job.
Jayvon’s mother, Amanda Clinkscales,said she was grateful for “this very happy day,” and her Facebook page Monday night was filled with messages of condolence.
One post in particular, from top commenter, Rather B. Fishing, requested Jayvon be given “the full cop funeral!”
“In the short time that we knew Jayvon, he touched everyone in the department leaving a lasting impression that will not be forgotten,” the police department statement continued. “He will be missed by many.”