Detroit Police Chief James Craig whispers in the ear of Jayvon Felton, 9, after Felton was named Chief for A Day by Craig, at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters in Detroit on Friday Jan. 31, 2014. Felton, 9, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)
DETROIT (AP) — A 9-year-old boy with cancer who spent a day as Detroit’s honorary police chief last month has died.
Jayvon Felton died Monday at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson told The Detroit News. Funeral arrangements were pending of the fourth-grader, who was diagnosed with leukemia in April.
Jayvon had always wanted to be a Detroit police officer, and his wish was granted on Jan. 31.
“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 said in a statement. “He will be missed by many.”
In a Jan. 31, 2014 file photo, Jayvon Felton, 9, flashes his badge after he was named Chief of Police for a day by Detroit Police Chief James Craig at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)
Donning a blue SWAT uniform, embroidered with his name, he arrived at police headquarters by helicopter. He was greeted by classmates from Roberto Clemente Academy, police dogs and mascots, including the Detroit Tigers’ mascot, Paws.
“It was obvious that day how special Jayvon was. It was not just his courage that was noticeable; it was his charming smile and his caring personality,” the department said. “The way he looked at everything with this wide eye wonderment.”
That day, Detroit Chief James Craig said Jayvon’s trip was a reminder, even for the most hardened officers, “how important every precious moment is.”