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7 Year Old With Illness Has Dream Come True


GEORGETOWN, De. - For as long as 7 year-old Greysen Hitchens can remember, he dreamed of becoming a police officer. But Hitchens has hit some roadblocks on the way. More than two years ago, he was diagnosed with an illness, having an inoperable brain tumor in his brain. But now the Georgetown Police Department is making his dream come true. 

At a ceremony Friday morning, Hitchens came to the police department he had visited many times, and was given the title of Private First Class within the department. He had already been a honorary member of the department, but on Friday, he was given a promotion to honor his bravery. 

John Tyndall of the police department wrapped a jacket around Hitchens, with the Georgetown PD logo sowed on. One officer jokingly pointed out to the young man, that he actually out-ranked many of the officers in the building with the promotion. 

Hitchens, who always dreamed of joining the group was all smiles, as he was recognized Friday morning. 

"It's pretty cool to be part of the team," he said.  

Hitchens has been battling the illness since October of 2011. He said it has been difficult at times. 

"We go to the hospital like every 6 months or so," he said. "We go there a lot."

But these hospital trips have not stopped his spirit. Despite all his hardship, Hitchens said he finds a way to think of others facing similar obstacles. He has at least two dozen bracelets around his arms, each of them representing another friend from Facebook that is going through a similar experience.

Tyndall said he, as with all the other officers are in awe of Hitchen's bravery.  
"He's in a fight for his life," he said. "And to see a child fight that hard, it makes our lives seem pretty simple." 

Greysen's mom was at the event, snapping photos of her son. She said her son is an inspiration for her and the rest of the family. 

"Greysen is amazing," she said. "He's a trooper. These kids go through more than any kid should. He's been through tests and pokes and prods and surgery. And he inspires me. He inspires most everyone that knows him."

Mayor Michael Wyatt also declared January 17th "Greysen Hitchens" Day in the town of Georgetown. Hitchens received a proclamation, honoring him for his courage. But for Greysen, he said it is less about himself, and more about the badge. 

WBOC asked him if he would ever take that badge off. His answer was immediate and clear. Without a moment's hesitation, he said no. 

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