Is somebody cutting onions in here? Because we're getting a little misty-eyed. 

7-year-old Rodney Burton III, who is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma and sickle cell disease, was named honorary police "chief for a day" on Wednesday.

After taking a ride in a police helicopter, he said, "I want to help people and I want the city to be protected."

Police chief James Craig swore him in, surrounded by a SWAT team and state troopers. "This is an opportunity for him to live out a dream," Craig said. "He's certainly a young man who's courageous, a beautiful smile, and I thought 'Who better to exemplify courage than this young man.'" Craig had met Rodney through a family friend, who is a pastor, at the hospital.

Pass the tissues, please.



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