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7-year-old recognized as inspiration, honorary Apex police officer

During National Police Week, the Apex Police Department held its annual awards ceremony to honor the men and women in uniform for exemplary service. But one officer who received an honorable mention isn't old enough to go on patrol.

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Ken Smith
, WRAL anchor/reporter & Hannah Webster, WRAL.com editor
APEX, N.C. — During National Police Week, the Apex Police Department held its annual awards ceremony to honor the men and women in uniform for exemplary service. But one officer who received an honorable mention isn't old enough to go on patrol.

7-year-old Colt Rever, who has leukemia, was recognized as an honorary Apex police officer.

Rever has a special relationship with K9 officer Rocky and his handler Corporal Scott James. The partners met Colt a couple years ago after learning Colt's comfort in the hospital was a Rocky stuffed animal.

“Being able to have such an impact a positive impact on a child, that is going through such a tough time, to be able to do something to give back to the community in that way is kind of what our program is all about,” James said.

Their meeting was the beginning of a strong friendship.

Once Colt left the Hospital, Apex Police Chief John Lettney decided to make Colt an honorary Apex Police officer.

“He hung on to that K9 Rocky throughout the whole ordeal,” Letteney said. “He has a uniform, he has Apex patches, he has a little badge and our coin, it’s been a great relationship. He’s become part of the Apex police family.”

During the ceremony, officers said he remains an important and inspirational part of the force.

“To go through what he’s going through and his family is going through, they have such a positive outlook on life and even our worst days are not half as bad,” James said.

Even during a recent set back, Colt continues to battle this disease as inspiration to many, especially the Apex PD officers.

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