When City of Ithaca police chief John Barber met 9-year-old Colin Toland earlier this summer at the IPD community BBQ, he learned the young man wanted nothing more than to become a police officer. Today, that dream comes true!
“Colin has also been battling brain cancer for the majority of his young life,” according to an IPD press release. A malignant brain tumor was discovered when Colin was two, and he has had several brain surgeries and other treatments. He and his family have traveled to Augusta, Boston, Dallas, Rochester, and Memphis for treatment since a relapse in January 2015, “always returning home to Ithaca.”
IPD chief Barber, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, and many local law enforcement officers will be on hand to swear Colin in this morning as an honorary police officer at Stewart Park at 11:30am. The ceremony is open to the public.