Jose Zelaya uses a wheelchair due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but his lifelong dream is to be a cop.
He got the royal treatment at the NYPD's Transit District 1 in Manhattan, where he was sworn in to uphold the law.
"When he was in pre-K, he said he wanted to be a police officer," mom Heidy Nunez said. "And then had career day, and he wanted to dress as a police officer."
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Officers spent the afternoon showing him the ropes at Columbus Circle, and Nunez said Jose will never forget the experience.
He is a boy who's traveled a rough road in his short life.
"He was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy as a fetus," Nunez said. "They told me he was going to die at 3 months old."
But Jose has defied the odds, and now, he's fulfilled another lifelong dream.
"It makes me feel great to know we can reach out and touch somebody's life the way we have," NYPD Captain Kenneth Gorman said.
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When Nunez was 5, she wrote a note to her mom saying she also wanted to be a police officer. And she is also well on her way, having recently embarked on joining the force herself.
"I also took the NYPD exam June 21, so it's just a waiting game now," she said.
For now, Jose is simply soaking up every second of his very special day.
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