This young boy is Emilio Marco, he's 8 years old and he's terminally ill, with a brain tumor. His Mother is an Administer at Kaiser Hospital and a member and past President of their Latino Association. Emilio’s mother told us that Emilio always wanted to be a police officer. The Alameda Chapter decided to help; Robert Trevino the Chapter VP, received approval from the Oakland Police Chief to make Emilio Marco an Honorary Police Officer.
I visited Ed Jones Badge Co. and asked for their help in making a badge for Emilio. They “jumped on it” and donated a brand new handmade badge with the badge number (8705) for Emilio's date of birth, and the parents will be able to keep the badge when that day comes.
We spoke to Bricker Minncolla Uniform Shop who also donated Emilio's uniform and cover for the police graduation. The Oakland Police Chief gave his approval to let little Emilio graduate with the Graduating Academy on July 3, 2014 as a Honorary Police Graduate.
On Friday the 13 Jun 14, Emilio was escorted to the Range where he met with the Academy Class and spent some time there, so that the class could get to know him. Also, Emilio is scheduled to get a tour of the Department and attend some classes at the Academy.
Our Police Chief and our Police Family have “opened their hearts” and have given us all their support and kindness, to make Emilio wish come true.
Invitation to all Members: The Oakland Police Department is having the 169th Academy Class Graduation on Thursday July-3-14 at 10:00Hrs at the Scottish Rite Center 1547 Lakeside Dr. Oakland Ca, 94612 and that is where Emilio will also graduate with the Academy Class and have his Badge pinned on as well. I believe this is a great thing for all of us and to support such a young man.
Joe Quintela, President