Honorary Wichita police officer loses battle with cancer

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A Wichita mother says her 20-year-old son, who was made an honorary police officer last month, has died after a long battle with bone cancer.

Caleb Moraine died at 8:15 Thursday morning, his mother said on Facebook. He'd fought cancer off and on or five years. 

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay led the swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on November 8. Two weeks prior, Moraine learned that chemotherapy was no longer working and his cancer was spreading.

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It was a memorable police swearing-in ceremony for a special young man. Caleb Moraine has been battling bone cancer off and on for five years.

Two weeks ago Moraine received some bad news. So, the Wichita Police officers wanted to bring a smile to his face.

Wichita Police Chief, Gordon Ramsay, led the swearing-in ceremony, presenting the 20-year-old with an official badge. 

"Heard a lot of great things about you. Obviously, one is how brave you are," Ramsay said.

"This is, this is amazing," Moraine said when asked how he was feeling after the honor.

Even more, amazing is how he got here. The special ceremony is thanks to his new friend, officer Carlos Atondo. Moraine, a man who respects and admires first responders, sent Atondo a friend request on Facebook six months ago.

After that simple friend request, the two started writing one another and a friendship was formed.

"I met the whole family. I went over to the house. I said 'you know what, I'm going to keep in touch with this kid,'" Atondo said.

Last month, Moraine found out his chemotherapy was no longer working. His cancer was spreading. When officer Atondo found out, he wanted to do something special for his friend. Knowing his lifelong dream was to become a police officer, he made it happen. 

"I said you know that's the least I can do for him. He's so brave. He's the bravest kid I've ever seen. He's just tough as nails," Atondo said.

Officer Moraine will continue his fight with cancer, only now he's has an entire police department behind him. 

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