Blake Hegner Cancer survivor takes helm as police chief for the day

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Blake Hegner Cancer survivor takes helm as police chief for the day.

A 10-year-old cancer survivor is serving as Cincinnati’s police chief for the day.

Blake Hegner was sworn in Tuesday morning as Cincinnati’s top cop.

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“You ready for this?” police chief Eliot Isaac asked. “Yes,” Blake replied shyly.

It did not take long for the Northern Kentucky cancer survivor to come out of his shell.

“You’re dismissed!” he yelled to a room full of police officers shortly after being sworn in.

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Just a few minutes later, he said his first act as chief would be to give everyone the day off.

A special ceremony was held for Blake at the Cincinnati Police headquarters on Ezzard Charles Drive, followed by a day of tours – and rare access – around several of the department’s facilities.

“There were times that I wasn’t sure if we’d be here,” said Blake’s mom, Emily Hegner. “I can’t voice how amazing it is. I’ve gotten emotional many times today, because we’re so thankful for everyone and just really grateful and want everyone to know that.”

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Emily Hegner said Blake fought cancer for three years and went into remission in August 2018.

“Feels good, no medicine or anything,” Blake said.

Blake was given the opportunity by Christina Bold, who bid it through a Matt Haverkamp Foundation fundraiser.

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“I thought, ‘What an amazing guy.’ His treatments ended last year at the end of August 2018, and he’s doing well, and I knew he could just enjoy this day,” said Bold.

She is the campaign manager for the Light the Night Walk fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Cincinnati and said Blake will serve as the society’s honored hero for Light the Night Walk on Oct. 10.

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