Ava Borntrager's Brave Fight Against Leukemia Earns Her Keys To The Force

MAYWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — On Friday, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office sponsored its third annual “chief for a day” program. Kids who are fighting chronic illnesses got a chance to be in charge of local law enforcement agencies.

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It’s more than about police work — it’s a day to bring some smiles to some of the county’s bravest young citizens, CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson reported.

When you’re the chief of police you get to ride in some attention-getting vehicles. But of course you have to get buckled up first.

Meet 6-year-old Ava Borntrager – Maywood’s newest police chief. She was sworn in on Friday.

The program is aimed at giving a boost to children with chronic health conditions. Ava suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Local leaders said they’re glad they could put a smile on her face.

“We’re very happy we can do this for her and support the family,” Maywood Mayor Gregg Padovano said.

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“It’s not just the police department; it’s everybody that’s out there for her,” Maywood Police Chief David T. Pegg added.

On her big day Ava had a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how her local police department works. And while she may have been a little camera shy, Ava did have one thing to say to everyone who helped make this special day happen for her.

“Thank you,” she said.

More than two dozen law enforcement agencies in Bergen County took part in the program.

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