A 9-year old Ithaca boy battling brain cancer is now the newest member of the Ithaca Police Department.
Colin Hayward Toland was sworn in as an honorary officer Monday at Stewart Park on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake.
Since the age of two, Colin has been battling brain cancer, but the Ithaca community made sure it didn’t stop him from realizing his life long dream of being a police officer.
Ithaca Police Chief John Barber told the crowd, “Colin is by far the strongest 9-year old I’ve ever met. I think Colin has exactly what it takes to be an officer. He possesses courage, bravery, compassion and tenacity.”
Colin has endured several surgeries, chemotherapy, and other treatments that for a time left him unable to walk, talk and eat.
It was a chance meeting with the Police Chief this summer when the City of Ithaca knew it had found its newest officer.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, “This is the best new recruit we’ve sworn in to the Ithaca Police Department.”
Ithaca Police had a custom made uniform, adorned with the IPD patch and badge.
“It’s pretty fun to become a police officer. I’m going to have a great time working.” Colin says.
Colin’s dad Ian Hayward tells NewsChannel 9, “He has a lot to say. We don’t know how much time Colin has left; in fact the doctors are saying they’ve never seen anybody live like he’s living right now with what’s he’s got going on.”
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick officially proclaimed September 12 as Colin Hayward Toland Day in Ithaca.