Rome (WSYR-TV) – A young boy from Rome is fighting leukemia, but on Wednesday, being sick was the furthest thing from his mind.
Eight-year-old Ashton came home from his Make-A-Wish trip to California to a very exciting homecoming gift. Ashton’s always been interested in police work and says he wishes to be an officer someday. So when he got to Hancock Airport, police were there to welcome him home.
Officers escorted him to the police department, where he was then given a special swearing in ceremony, a tailored uniform and real police badge.
“Ashton is beside himself. I don’t think he knows what to think, especially now that his dream has come true to be a police officer,” said Aston’s mom, Amy Accuri. “He’s brought so much joy into my life and I’m so thankful for him and I’m just glad that Make-A-Wish made this all possible for us all to go on vacation and to come here and have this, this is an honor.”
Family members say it’s good to see Ashton experience the happiness he brings to so many others.
“He is an absolute joy…I used to call him Mr. Mayor up at the hospital because he always would smile and he would go up to other patients, he would go visit them, he would cheer them up, he would make them laugh, he would make all the hospital staff laugh…everyone loves being around him,” said Aston’s aunt, Stacey Accuri.
Relatives say Ashton’s been interested in police work for many years.