It only took sharing a few moments with Trevor Kling to understand he was a special child.
During his swearing in as a Lakewood Police officer at just 13 years old on Aug. 9, he smiled excitedly and couldn't wait to spend the day with his fellow …
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During his swearing in as a Lakewood Police officer at just 13 years old on Aug. 9, he smiled excitedly and couldn't wait to spend the day with his fellow officers.
“I want to help the community I like most, and make it a better place for kids,” he said at the time.
On Oct. 4, at 14 years old, Kling lost his battle with an anaplastic astrocytoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer — an illness he had been diagnosed with two years ago.
“We admired and respected Trevor's courage and bravery in the face of adversity," said Chief Dan McCasky. "He had the heart of a champion."
In his 14 months of chemotherapy and 34 radiation treatments, Kling only missed one day of school and has maintained a 3.87 GPA.
He had a lifelong dream of being a police officer, and thanks to his friendship with his local officers, McCasky was able to get him sworn in during a ceremony that was standing room only.
“You have shown so much courage, valor and dignity, and those are all aspects of what makes a good officer,” McCasky said before swearing Kling in. “You are everything we honor, and we don't want you to ever underestimate the impact you've had on all of our lives.”
Services for Kling were held on Oct. 7, at Eastern Hills Community Church, in Aurora. The department's honor guard and many officers attended the event to honor their fallen brother.
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