4-year-old boy’s dream of becoming a Chicago police officer comes true thanks to Make-a-Wish

Khalil knew he wanted to be a police officer all his life.

On Sunday, the Chicago Police Department and Make-A-Wish Illinois fulfilled the four-year-old’s dream by making him an honorary officer.

Diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth, Khalil spent the day patrolling the department, visiting SWAT teams, bomb squads, horsemen, dog teams and even going out on the lake.

The department then held a closing ceremony at the CPD Academy complete with bagpipers and Khalil was presented with a special certificate and small badge. His parents and siblings watched as he was honored by his CPD officials.

Khalil’s brother watches as he is appointed an honorary police officer by CPD chief Ernest Kate at the police academy on Sunday.

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“What an honor it is for me to have the opportunity to meet our young people, express their wishes, work with such a great organization as Make-A-Wish, and honor Khalil.” I want to say I’m so proud of you,” said Kate. “

Fire Department officials also surprised Khalil with another certificate, making him an honorary CFD member.

But Khalil’s favorite part of the day, according to his family, was when he was escorted from his home by police.

Khalil is always looking for police officers, said her mother, Tasha Parker-Hall. He even gets upset if you don’t let him know that his family is nearby.

“He’s obsessed with the police,” said Parker Hall. “So when we were in the car and he saw the police, he said, ‘Police! Police!'”

Khalil loves watching police videos on YouTube, his mother said. And while he doesn’t watch the popular children’s cartoon Paw Patrol featuring six rescue dogs, his favorite character is Chase. because he is a cop.

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Khalil surrounded by family and CPD personnel. His mom says he’s always looking for police officers.

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Parker-Hall said he felt “blessed” that his son had the opportunity to become an officer for just one day.

The type of sickle cell disease Khalil was diagnosed with means he is at higher risk of stroke, his mother said. There must be.

“He’s really strong. He motivates me,” said his mom.



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