Monday, December 30, 2013

Police Funeral Given To New Jersey Boy Who Died Of Cancer.

Michael Feeney gets sworn in as an honorary Police Chief.
Michael Feeney, a 10-year-old boy from Ridgewood, New Jersey who had been named an honorary police chief was given full police honors at his funeral in December after losing his battle with cancer.

Bagpipes played and dozens of police officers from across New Jersey stood at attention as Michael Feeney’s flag-draped casket arrived at Mount Carmel Church to the sound of bagpipes and left with a motorcycle escort.

“I lost a partner today,” said police Chief John Ward, fighting back tears.

Earlier this year, the Hawes Elementary School fifth-grader was named Ridgewood’s honorary police chief for 2013, but he died this month after a four-year battle with cancer.

Michael Feeney lost his battle with a rare bone cancer.

Feeney had Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare, aggressive and fatal bone cancer that develops in children and young adults. He was running for office at his school and was scheduled to light the village’s Christmas tree this year.

The police department said Feeney “was extremely proud of his role as honorary police chief.”

“He really took the job seriously,” Ward said. “I mean he was coming up with ideas, he was researching other programs that were done across the nation. I was just really struck and so were all the members of the department for somebody who understood the concept of leadership. Here’s a 10-year-old that grasped what a true leader is and understood courage. Mike exemplified that.”

Feeney’s family and friends said the enthusiastic sports fan battled the disease with a smile on his face.

“I never saw him upset ever,” friend Colin Azzopardi, an 11th-grader from Ridgewood said. “He was optimistic all the time. … Just a great kid.”

“Funny, energetic,” fourth-grader Ryan Jennings said of Feeney. “It made him so special because every day he’d come in with a big smile to school, and he would lighten up the hallways.”

Feeney also instilled his values in those he knew.

“You should do anything that you can do, and you should always keep trying. Never, ever give up, is what Michael taught tons of people,” fifth-grader Meadow Paliotta said.

“Be positive. See the glass half-full. That was Michael,” added Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn. “He was very positive, and it was very infectious.”

Ward said Feeney “brought out the best in everybody” and “touched everybody in this community.”

“It’s not how these officers died, but how they lived that made them heroes,” Ward told Finch. “Mike lived a heroic life.”

Feeney started new youth programs in the police department.

It was Feeney who suggested a new youth ambassador program and a junior police academy, which will bear his name. His badge number will be retired.

“He already has helped make a change,” Ward said. “There are already programs in place, and he’s going to continue, through his spirit, doing that. I considered him my partner. He was a member of this department. He was sworn in by the mayor, he’s a member of this department, and he’s taking his badge with him.”

Following the funeral, Feeney’s flag draped casket was given a motorcycle escort through Ridgewood, New Jersey. Feeney was also given a 21-gun salute.

Michael Feeney lived a short but very important life. He changed the people of Ridgewood, New Jersey and everyone who was fortunate enough to make his acquaintance.
Michael Feeney receives a full Police funeral.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

Nancy Burban 2013

Funeral fund


  1. This story breaks your heart. Children with cancer is heart breaking.

  2. I agree. He was an inspiration to all.

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