Dying Colo. Boy Sworn In as Police Officer

Brighton Police said Jose, 12, wore a giant smile as he raised his hand and took the oath of office.


A 12-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor was sworn in this week as Brighton's youngest police officer.

Jose Rubio-Pavon told his family he always wanted to be a police officer.

On Thursday, Brighton officers Anna-Marie Cuney, Levy Slagle, and Corporal Monce Portillo swore Jose in as a special officer. They gave him an official police uniform shirt, a junior officer badge, and a certificate recognizing him as a member of the Brighton Police Department.

Brighton Police said Jose wore a giant smile as he raised his hand and took the oath of office.

Jose is a fifth-grader at North Elementary School. His swearing in ceremony was held in his hospice room.

A community fund has been set up at Valley Bank & Trust in Brighton to help Jose?s family with mounting medical bills and living expenses. Donations can be made to the Jose Angel Rubio-Pavon Family Fund.

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