Terminally ill 6-year-old boy becomes honorary police officer

Terminally ill 6-year-old boy becomes honorary police officer
Terminally ill 6-year-old boy becomes honorary police officer
Posted at 5:29 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 01:32:48-04

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Walter "Superbubz" Herbert, 6, has Stage 4 cancer and just weeks to a month to live. 

The family has made the decision to live each day to the fullest.

"Superbubz" became an honorary police officer Tuesday and was the chief for the day.

"It's just all smiles. Just wants to go from one piece of equipment to the next, and it became very clear that this was a very very rewarding day for him and us," said Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Members of the Cincinnati Police Department and the sheriff's office treated him like one of their own.

"What a great experience. I think all the kids had fun today. It's just something that you can't explain sometimes," said Assistant Cincinnati Police Chief Dave Bailey.

"The smile on his face is priceless. You can't put a price on that,"said "Superbubz" dad, Wally Herbert. 

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Wally Herbert said the officers gave him his old son back before he got sick.

Superbubz fell ill without warning when he was just 4 years old.

His mother, Emily Herbert, said he was fine one day and then developed a sudden limp.

Concerned he may have inadvertently hurt his foot or leg, she took him to the doctor. That led to a battery of tests resulting in his stunning cancer diagnosis a few days later.

"Before cancer, he was a super energetic kid. Obviously with cancer and all the chemo took a great toll on him," his father said.

"The things that these officers have done for him today, I haven't seen him this energetic in a long time. He's super excited."

Superbubz even got to go sky high in the sheriff's helicopter. 

The boy's story and his family's strength is inspiring others to rally around them to help.

Relatives, friends, Chive Cincinnati and Marty Huber with Buffalo Ridge Band have been working to raise money for the Herberts to help cover medical proceeds and pay for things like a therapy hot tub for Superbubz that sits in the the backyard of their Fairfield home.

The next fundraiser will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 16 at Public House.

And, as Superbubz and his family keep the focus on enjoying their final days together, they will head to Great American Ball Park this weekend.

His mother says he will help coach the Cincinnati Reds in a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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