Four-year-old Canton boy battling diabetes gets an awesome gift from local police

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CANTON, Ohio - At just 4, Liam Murphy of Canton already knows he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.

For Halloween he dressed in a police uniform and his family says since then, he has never taken it off. Liam says what he likes about police officers is that they fight bad guys.

But Liam has a fight of his own.

"Liam has been like a normal, healthy kid until last September we found out that he has type one diabetes. We didn't have any idea, we didn't even know the warning signs of it," said his mother Emily.

The diagnosis changed a lot for the little boy and his family.

For his birthday this year, the family hoped a police officer would come to Liam's party.

Through a friend, he was invited to the Canton Police Department's K-9 training center where he made an immediate impact.

"When he came out here last week, we were so taken by this kid. You know, he was struggling with some health issues but you wouldn't know it by talking to him ," said officer Eric Stanbro.

The officers were so touched by Liam that after he left they decided to get together and do something even more special for him.

So on Wednesday he was invited back and surprised with a motorized police car of his own.

"He's a tough kid, he goes through a lot every day with his diabetes and he has to get a bunch of shots and he has to get his finger pricked a lot. So he's real brave and he's doing real well with it, but this just takes the attention off of that and gives him something else to focus on," said Emily.

Officers not only presented Liam with the car, they also let him drive it in a procession of real police cars, as if they were going out together to fight crime.