North Elementary fifth-grader Jose Rubio-Pavon was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at only 12 years old.
His family told police he had always wanted to be a cop. Officers Anna-Marie Cuney, Levy Slagle and Corporal Monce Portillo visited Jose in his hospice room to swear him in as a special officer to the Brighton Police Department.
He was presented with an official police uniform shirt, a junior officer badge and a certificate recognizing him as a member of the department.
He sported a giant smile while taking the oath of office.
A community fund has been set up at Valley Bank & Trust in Brighton, to help Jose's family with mounting medical bills and living expenses; for information about donating to the Jose Angel Rubio Pavon Family Fund, contact Nena DelVillar at 303-655-2500, or Jennifer Vargas at 303-655-8800.
Contributed to by Lena Howland
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