Craig Taylor is reporting for duty.
Taylor, a 28-year-old man with terminal cancer, dreamed of being a police officer since childhood, but his illness repeatedly interfered. Three weeks ago, his family called in hospice care, and the goal seemed forever out of reach.
But on Wednesday, nine officers welcomed Taylor to the force.
After receiving a call from Taylor's mother, Pam Tischer, the officers, including police Chief Brian Saterfield, went to Taylor's Galion, Ohio, home and swore him in as an honorary police officer. The officers presented Taylor with a signed and framed official oath and assigned him a badge.
"He was thrilled," Tischer told the Mansfield News Journal. "He's been through a lot, but he keeps on plugging along and keeps smiling."
The officers briefly turned on their sirens as they drove away from the house.