CHICAGO – Madison Pruitt wanted to be a police officer, but her battle with terminal cancer has made that difficult.
Chicago’s sixth precinct planned an entire day for her, but when she was too sick to go, they changed their plans.
According to TODAY.com, nearly 80 officers, including the Chicago Police Superintendent, went to her home to give her the Medal of Valor, a uniform and name her an honorary officer for the day.
“I was overwhelmed,” Madison’s grandmother, Pamlor Nelson, told TODAY.com. “I didn’t think that it was going to be that big. I was mentally and physically drained, but that just gave us a boost.”
Madison has been battling muscle cancer for the past year and it has slowly spread throughout her body. She is currently in hospice.
“Madison Pruitt is an inspiration to all of us at the Chicago Police Department,” Johnson told TODAY.com. “Her unwavering will and courage to fight a terrible disease is a sobering reminder of why we do what we do: to serve and protect the city of Chicago. Madison’s lifelong dream was to become a police officer so she could protect people and it’s been my greatest honor and privilege to be able to appoint her as an honorary lifelong officer of the Chicago Police Department.”