When they're not chasing criminals or racing to the scene of a car crash, these police officers are helping children who suffer with a dreaded disease.
They did their latest good deed in Andover, where the Cops For Kids With Cancer organization presented a $5,000 check to the local Kang family. The money will help with costs the family has incurred as son Kevin battles leukemia.
Kevin, 15, was diagnosed in November 2018, and also has autism. He is a freshman at Andover High School.
The Kang family — Kevin, his mother, Yuka; father Jingfeng; and 9-year-old brother Aiden — visited the Andover police station last week. There they were presented with the donation from Cops For Kids With Cancer.
Massachusetts State Police captain Michael Drummy gave Kevin several gifts, including a special quilt, a hat and a teddy bear. Police Chief Patrick Keefe gave Kevin an Andover police hat and mug.
Kevin was nominated for the donation by a social worker at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Kevin has undergone treatment at Tufts since last fall, where his smile has made him well-known.
He will continue his treatment for another two years.
"The feeling of support is beyond what words can describe," Jingfeng Kang said. "(His diagnosis) was very overwhelming at first, but this gives a sense of support from the community and it makes it so much easier to deal with."
Since 2002, Cops For Kids With Cancer has donated more than $3.3 million to families of children battling cancer.
"We are all so glad to welcome Kevin and his family and provide whatever support we can to make this journey easier for them," Keefe said. "No family should ever have to deal with this sort of thing alone, so we're proud to partner with Cops for Kids With Cancer and we're so grateful for their continued support of kids and families in need."