4-year-old battling cancer named Ossining police chief for a day

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Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg has the story.

A 4-year-old boy in Westchester County who has been fighting cancer got a special honor Monday.

Gio Toribio was sworn in as police chief for the day at the Ossining Police Department by Mayor Victoria Gearity.

A badge was pinned to his uniform, and he was then escorted around the station.


He went off to work with a police dog. Gio got to hold his leash and even watched him do tricks.

A number of agencies from Ossining banded together to make this special day possible.

"A lot of us are parents, we have children around this age, it's difficult to watch a child dealing with difficult stuff," a participant said.

Tuesday, Gio turns five years old.

While dealing with a form of lymphoma is a constant struggle, climbing up into the SWAT truck is sheer fun.

"I like being the police chief!" Gio said.

By all accounts, Gio was a little shy, but who could blame him with all of this attention.

He even got a visit by a helicopter from Hackensack, New Jersey.

Gio got to climb aboard, pretend to co-pilot and even met the pilot.

Gio has inspired thousands with his hashtag, #GioStrong, and his fighting spirit.

He even got the attention of New York Jets star Darrelle Revis, who once gave him a hug.
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