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Officer Clayton reporting for duty: 4-year-old cancer patient sworn in

first_imgClayton Jones plodded forward, wrists extended out front in handcuffs. But he wasn’t under arrest. The cuffs were part of the 4-year-old’s uniform worn Friday during his swearing-in ceremony as an official Vancouver police officer.The boy’s family and friends, Vancouver police and first responders from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Vancouver Fire Department, as well as Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, crowded into the lobby of the department’s east precinct Friday evening to watch the ceremony.“You being here today, I think, is tremendously special for (Clayton),” Police Chief James McElvain told the audience.With assistance from Officer Danielle Wass, Clayton and his brother Milez, 9, raised their right hands and took the law enforcement oath, led by McElvain. Much of Clayton’s attention, though, was on the toy pistol in his left hand.“Boom!” Clayton exclaimed, pulling the trigger.Afterward, he and his brother were presented with badges of their own.“(Clayton) says they are his cops,” his mom, Taylor Jones, 28, said of Vancouver police.The Vancouver Police Department connected with Clayton through the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the department’s annual Shop with a Cop event in December. Officers have kept in touch since — bringing Clayton and his family gifts at Christmas, setting up tours of the east precinct and even visiting him in the hospital.“This is a family close to my heart,” Wass said Friday. “This is what I feel like we can do for him, because we can’t do much else.”last_img read more

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