“CLEVELAND, Ohio — A local 6-year-old boy with a rare heart condition had his dream come true on Thursday when he became Cleveland Police chief for a day.
CJ DeJohn’s big day was set up through a partnership between WJW Fox 8, the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cleveland Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.
CJ’s priority as chief: Save Christmas from a Grinch-like villain who has stolen Christmas presents from all of the city’s boys and girls. To solve the crime, CJ and his family spent the day touring the city and collecting clues at landmarks like Tower City, City Hall and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he’ll do it all in a custom Cleveland police uniform.
CJ was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which has left him with essentially half a heart.
The condition will likely keep him from becoming a police officer as an adult, something he has always wanted to do.
“My heart, it’s special,” CJ told WJW’s Melissa Reid.”
“My heart, it’s special.”
I’m not crying. You’re crying. Shut up.
Good jobs all around here. Fox 8, the Cleveland PD, Tower City, the Rock Hall, all the people that came out in support. Just everyone involved. Our city is pretty awesome sometimes.
CJ’s day started with being sworn in as Cleveland Police Chief
He wasted no time getting to work – getting briefed on The Crump
Quick pet stop on his way to the station
Saint Nick provides the first clue – a toy soldier
One quick picture, boys. BACK TO WORK!
ok fine 1 more
Santa’s clue led the gang to Tower City
The terrifying life-sized toy soldier gave CJ his second clue – a key
Quick statement to keep the press off his back
The search for clue 3 led to City Hall
You’re under arrest dad
Clue 3 – a basketball
Brb Crump, need ice cream
Had to call in the big guns
No, THESE big guns
Slider gives CJ clue #4 – a guitar
Awesome turnout at the Rock Hall
And just like that, Christmas is saved. Thank you for your hard work and diligent efforts to bring The Crump to justice, CJ.