‘Youngest’ of the New York city police department, died of cancer at the age of 10 years

Colin Hayward Toland, who counted Eric Trump among his fans from across the country, lost his battle to cancer on Saturday, from 10 years old.

(Twitter/Eric Trump)

A New York boy who became the youngest member of the Ithaca Police Department as an honorary officer at the age of 10, died.

Colin Hayward Toland died in the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, after a long battle with cancer, his family wrote on Facebook.

At the age of two, Toland was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor. And while “he had many good years of remission of the tumor, back in the beginning of 2015 and spread.”

Toland’s dream was to be a police officer. Despite his illness, the Ithaca Police took him to the operation on Sept. 12, 2016, where he was involved with the “ongoing training and community policing work.”

The 10-year-old’s first arrest came in December of 2016, when he nabbed “The Grinch” at a holiday event in Ithaca for “stealing Christmas.”

“We are all so proud of Colin’s determination and positive spirit, and the many officials who have embraced Colin, in particular, Chief [John] Barber, to whom Colin reported directly to the chief’s retirement in March 2017,” Toland’s family wrote on Facebook.

“His death was quieter and softer than we could have imagined. On his last day, he went outside and felt the sun on his face and the wind in his hair,” his family said.

Eric Trump mourned Toland’s passing on Twitter, sharing a photo of them and writing that he “will forever be in our hearts — you are the reason that we will continue to fight so hard for @StJude.”

We are so saddened by the passing of our dear friend Colin. Colin, you will forever be in our hearts — you are the reason that we will continue to fight so hard for @StJude. As Danny Thomas said “No child should ever die in the dawn of life”. RIP buddy.

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 18, 2018

The Tompkins County Sheriff ‘ s Office thanked Toland for his service, to write, that the department is “so appreciative of the positive effects of Lt Colin has had on our community. Thank you for your service. May you rest in Peace.”

The Cayuga Heights Fire department, who have similar feelings, that the death of Colin and his family has taught us what true love and courage.”

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