Honorary Alton PD captain dies after battle with cancer

Edinburg police chief, Cesar Torres talks with Brandon Tadeo Alvarez, 9, before being sworn in as an honorary Alton Police Department captain during a ceremony at Alton City Hall on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Alton. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

Brandon Tadeo Alvarez, a boy who was sworn in as an honorary Alton Police Department captain earlier this month, died Wednesday morning following a battle with cancer, according to a new release.

“Brandon was a very special member of our Police force, and in his short time as our Captain he inspired many through his bravery and desire to serve his community,” Alton Chief of Police Jonathan B. Flores said in a news release.

The 9-year-old was first diagnosed with liver cancer in March of last year and declared cancer-free in September. However, a tumor on his liver was spotted on Jan. 31, and others were found on his arm, making him ineligible for a transplant.

It was his lifelong dream to be a police officer.