Boy battling brain cancer becomes honorary cop, gets own police motorcycle

Police surprised Jake "The Tank" Honig after he befriended officers during a PD visit last year

By PoliceOne Staff

HOWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A 7-year-old boy who has been battling brain cancer since he was two was honored by his local police department in a surprise swearing-in ceremony.

Sgt. Christian Antunez made Jake “The Tank” Honig an honorary Howell Township police officer and even gifted him his own police motorcycle last week, Inside Edition reported.

Jake befriended officers after he visited the police station last year and received a tour of the department and went on a ride-along. This year, the department took time to visit him.

"Jake and his family are role models for everyone and the officers were humbled and honored to be a part of it," Antunez said. "All of the officers involved did this on their own personal time because they wanted to be involved."

Jake is currently cancer-free, but his parents told Inside Edition there’s no treatment for the disease and they expect it to come back.

Although Jake wants to be a basketball player when he’s older, Police Chief Kudrick said “There’s a police officer application set aside” with Jake’s name on it.