GLADSTONE, Mo. -- Though he didn’t go through the police academy, metro officers treated Caden McGuire as one of their own, even after he lost his battle with cancer. Police from nearly two-dozen agencies honored the 11-year-old boy Friday, by giving him the same burial as any man or woman in uniform.
Caden lost his battle to brain cancer last week. He wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. As he struggled through his sickness, members of law enforcement from around the metro made him an honorary officer and treated him as one of their own.
Independence Officer Ed Wisdom got to know Caden after helping escort the young boy to his first treatment appointment a few years back.
“You see this little boy that’s just full of life and energy, and with his sickness and stuff, didn’t seem like he had a care in the world," Wilson said.
Over time, the young boy won over the hearts of men and women in uniform.
“As a reminder, they handed out the little yellow bracelets and I actually keep that on my motorcycle and think about him,” Wilson said.
Captain Brent Friday with Gladstone Public Safety Fire EMS is speaking on behalf of the family, who didn’t want to speak with the media. Friday described McGuire as an outgoing child: “Throughout my career, being around sick people all the time, this was the strongest [person] I’ve ever seen.”
Several departments (The Village of Claycomo, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Platte County Sheriff’s Office, and Gladstone Public Safety Fire EMS) made Caden an honorary officer, which is why first responders from more than two dozen agencies went to his funeral Friday.
This includes officers and deputies from:
Independence Police Department / Kansas City, Missouri Police Department / Missouri State Highway Patrol / Jackson County Sheriff’s Office / Gladstone Public Safety Fire EMS / Riverside Police Department/Mission Police Department / Blue Springs Police Department / Plattsburg Police Department / Kearny Police Department /North Kansas City Police Department /Bonner Springs Police Department / Smithville Police Department / Kansas City International Airport Police / Platte County Sheriff’s Office / Lee’s Summit Police Department / Village of Claycomo Police Department / Overland Park Police Department / Liberty Police Department / Grandview Police Department / Clay County Sheriff’s Office / Oak View Police Department / North Kansas City Police Department.
“Law enforcement let him know he was part of the family and this shows that he was part of the family today,” Friday said.
Full honors with a miles-long procession, mounted patrol, and a helicopter flyover. This is the way the men and women in blue are saying goodbye to one of their own.
“To help this little boy achieve that whenever he wasn’t able to, was just very, very humbling,” Wilson said.
“Caden’s up there looking down. He’s proud of what we did for him today,” Friday said.