PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For 9-year-old Connor Vickers, wearing a police uniform is a dream come true.
Like a lot of young boys, he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.
But thanks to the North Huntingdon Township Police Department, he doesn’t have to wait.
Wednesday, Connor was officially sworn in as an honorary patrolman.
“He was given a copy of his oath of office, which we are going to hold him to, as his parents are,” said Officer Mark Hamilton.
Officer Hamilton has been showing Connor the ropes around the station.
Connor’s favorite part of the job so far is some action-packed training.
Connor’s opportunity with the police department is mostly thanks to CC Champions. It’s a nonprofit that connects kids with cancer to inspirational role models in the community.
Connor was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2, after three-and-a-half years of treatment, he is now in remission.
Friends and family say watching him be sworn in as an officer was a special moment.
“His face immediately got red and you can tell that there was that 9-year-old pure joy in his face,” said Sidney Kushner, founder of CC Champions.
“I feel so lucky, I mean, so grateful,” said Connor’s mother, Marci Vickers. “I never even thought this was possible. I never thought we would be able to be this close to the police department. They’re great mentors. This is a dream come true, this is what he wants to do with his life, so I’m amazed and I’m shocked that they were able to manage all of this. I’m very grateful.”
Connor will start fifth grade in the fall.