Boy, 5, Gets His Dream: to Be a Police Officer

Morgan Steward, confined to a wheelchair, becomes honorary officer

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 3, 2013 1:08 PM CST

(Newser) – Morgan Steward is confined to a wheelchair, but that wasn't nearly enough to keep the 5-year-old from his dream: He's always wanted to be a police officer, and yesterday, he was made an honorary one in Covington, Ga. "He always said, 'Mom, I want to be a police officer, I want to stop the bad guys,'" his mom tells MyFox Atlanta. The local police chief found out about Morgan, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, and made plans for the ceremony.

The mayor was even involved, administering the oath: Morgan promised to obey his mom and be a good student, and he was then given an official uniform and hat, and a key to the city. His first official duty: leading the Christmas parade through town in a police car. He's also been practicing reading his relatives their Miranda rights, his aunt tells WSB-TV. The experience has been "the highlight of my career," the police chief says.

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