DETROIT (WWJ)- Dozens of police officers were among those who gathered for the funeral of a 9-year-old boy with cancer who spent a day as Detroit’s honorary police chief.
Services for Jayvon Felton were held this morning at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke during the family hour ahead of the service, and said the department wanted to treat Jayvon’s funeral as if the boy was an officer.
Officer Dan Donakowski spoke with WWJ and said it was an emotional time.
“The service obvious was filled with a bunch of emotion,” Donakowski said. “Everyone with the police department is completely saddened by the loss of our chief for the day, Jayvon Felton. There were many tears, just a very emotional day.”
Donakowski expressed that although Felton is no longer with us, his memory will be carried on with the Detroit’s Finest every day on the job.
“It was basically that Jayvon Felton touched all of our hearts,” Donakowski said. “He’s a very courageous boy and he will be with us for the rest of our lives.”
Young Jayvon was diagnosed in April with leukemia. He died February 24 and was buried Monday wearing a police badge.