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CALIFORNIA — A terminally ill boy who dreamed of being a police officer has died.

Before his death on Monday, 8-year-old Erick Casillas was able to fulfill his dream – by being made an honorary police officer.

Erick Casillas sits inside a Gardena police vehicle with his family beside him. (L.A. Times)

Erick Casillas sits inside a Gardena police vehicle with his family beside him. (L.A. Times)

Last month, the Gardena Police Department made him an honorary police officer, complete with his own badge and uniform.

He even went on patrol when Gardena police took him on a ride-along.

“The joy and sparkle in his eyes conveyed more than any word could ever do,” said Lt. Steve Prendergast, a spokesman for the department who announced the boy’s passing in a news statement.

The boy died Monday surrounded by his family, more than a year after he was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.

Read more: L.A. Times