Brisbane Boy Dies From Incurable Cancer After Sworn in as Honorary Queensland Police Officer

After fighting an incurable disease, a young boy who achieved his dream of becoming an honorary member of Queensland Police has died.

Last December, Travis Heery was diagnosed with an inoperable form of brain cancer, and died over the weekend despite extensive treatment.

“It is with the greatest of sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved little brother, Special Junior Constable Travis Heery, who succumbed to his illness and sadly passed away on Sunday, August 16, with his parents and family by his bed side,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

They surprised the six-year – old last month when the organisation heard Travis had always wanted to be an officer, making him an honorary junior constable, giving him his own uniform, police badge and cap.

“I was super surprised,” Travis told 9News at the time.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God!'”

The Brisbane boy was treated to a day as part of a special joining ceremony with fellow officers, the dog squad and the mounted horse unit.

The young boy was diagnosed last year after his mother developed a squint.

Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an incurable and inoperable brain tumour, was diagnosed to him.

Travis underwent 30 radiation treatments that successfully gave him complete mobility back and he became a regular six-year – old boy for two happy months.

Tragically the tumour returned much faster than expected and entered a degenerative state of progression.

“For those who knew or had any contact with Travis, you would know what an amazing, beautiful and courageous young man he was,” Acting Sergeant Paul Bagnall said.
“Travis was one of us, he was part of our QPS brotherhood and sisterhood. He was our hero and most of all, we are so honoured and privileged to call him our little brother.
“Rest in peace Travis, our little brother and hero, through adversity you lived with the utmost courage and honour.”

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