FRAMINGHAM – A motorcade of Framingham Police motorcycles and cruisers arrived at the Suau residence in Framingham yesterday morning.
The motorcade escorted Devin Suau, a Stapleton Elementary School student, and his family to the Framingham Police Station so he could be the Town of Framingham’s Police Chief for the day.
In January, after a fall from a snowboard, Suau was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and given a diagnosis of less than two years to live. He was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a very rare and aggressive form of cancer typically found in children under the age of 10. There is no cure and no one has survived the diagnosis.
The Suau family is hoping to find a cure for the disease, and hope that Devin will be the first to beat the diagnosis. They have started the hashtag #WhyNotDevin
Yesterday, Devin spoke to his Framingham Police Officers and dispatch en route to the police station. He waved to everyone gathered outside the station, when he arrived. He fist-bumped the officers lined up to greet the soon-to-be-sworn-in chief.
Inside the roll call room, surrounded by his parents and three older brothers, dozens of Framingham Police Officers, including Police Chief Ken Ferguson, and a sea of media, Framingham Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey issued the oath of office to Suau.
Kneeling to his level, she began reading the oath, after the first paragraph, instead of saying “I do” he said “I don’t think so.” Everyone laughed.
After the official oath was completed, Suau said it was “time for ice cream!”
Afterwards he went into the chief’s office, put on the chief’s hat, and signed a document declaring him “chief for the day.”
He joked about putting his brothers in jail, which Framingham Police captured a photo the trio of older brothers in a cell. (Media was asked not to take the tour with Suau and his family of the station. Framingham Police shared their photos, some of which are below.)
Suau learned about fingerprinting. He got a chance to work out in the exercise room. He toured the armory, where the weapons are stored. And, he got a chance to try out the motorcycles.
One of his first orders was declaring no more homework.
The family is hoping to get Devin in a trial to defeat this diagnosis. A GoFundMe has been set up to raise $250,000. More than $200,000 has been raised.
“Our family had an amazing day in our beyond amazing community,” wrote Christine Suau to the Facebook group #WhyNotDevin, last night. “James and I are constantly blown away by the support and love we feel within our town. Devin couldn’t have been happier today being sworn in as the Chief of the Framingham Police Department. From the police escort, locking his brothers in jail, and the goodies that he was spoiled with. Framingham Police Department – you are truly the heroes among us. You made all of my boy’s day – and it is definitely one that they will never forget.”
Photos by Petroni Media Company
Photos by Framingham Police