A six-year-old boy is honored for saving lives after his own death. He wanted to be a police officer one day and so the Shawnee Police Department honored that dream with a special ceremony Monday. Police packed the room as Chief Larry Larimore presented a badge to Noah's family, making him an honorary police officer. His family says it was something that he talked about on a daily basis.
"He wanted to help others always," says Eryn Peddicord, who spoke on behalf of the family.
On June 29th Noah was found unconscious in the pool at the family's apartment complex in Overland Park. Doctors spent several days trying to bring the boy back to his family.
"Obviously they wish Noah was here to go to school, start his first day of school, running and playing like all the other children," Peddicord said.
But through organ donation, the family was told that Noah saved three peoples' lives and helped dozens more. Chief Larimore says besides the badge, he's also honoring Noah with the Medal of Valor, the highest honor for a police officer, because of the lives he saved.
"Someone to give of themselves their organs and tissue, to save other's lives, that's what the medal is all about," he said.
Noah would have turned seven years old Monday. As difficult as it is to go on without him, his family hopes that others take his story, and his gift of life to heart.
"That others who would not have donated organs will think twice and do that," said Peddicord.
The police department says Noah's Medal of Valor is not just "honorary." His name will be added to the list of 16 other Shawnee Police Officers who have also shown great bravery in the line of duty.