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Chief for a day: Snoqualmie Police honor boy, 6, battling illness
Six-year-old Nikos Cox, who lives with severe hemophilia, will be police chief for one very special day.
Snoqualmie Police are taking part in “Chief For a Day,” an event that celebrates the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening chronic illness.
Valley cops will join 31 other law enforcement agencies this Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, in sponsoring a young “chief” or “sheriff.”
On Thursday, Nikos will ride to the training center in a police car, get a a hand-tailored uniform and a gift basket for him and his family. He will be sworn in, have lunch with attendees and academy recruiters, and participate in an outdoor presentation demonstrated by SWAT, K-9 units, bicycle patrols and other units.
But first, on Monday, Aug. 11, a special ceremony was held at the city council meeting, and Mayor Matt Larson administered the oath of office to swear in Nikos as honorary chief with a certificate and badge.
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that causes blood to take a long time to clot or coagulate. This can cause abnormal bleeding or bleeding that won’t stop. Nikos is also under evaluation for autistic spectrum disorder. The Snoqualmie Police would like to help the Cox family by asking the public to meet a donation goal of $1,000 in cash donations, or to contribute items on the family’s wish list for their two 6-year-old sons and 3-year-old daughter.
The wish list for three siblings includes three bikes with training wheels (two boys’ bikes with 18-inch wheels, one in blue or green, the other in red, orange or blue, and one girls’ bike with 16-inch wheels in pink or purple); coats in sizes 6T for two boys and 5T for a girl; clothing gift cards; princess toys; and the movie “Frozen.”
For more information or to make a donation, contact Deanna Mihelich, administrative coordinator at the Snoqualmie Police Department, by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (425) 888-3333.
Snoqualmie mayor Matt Larson swears in Nikos Cox as “Chief for a day” on Monday, Aug. 11. The city of Snoqualmie’s police department honored the boy as part of a regional program.