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Supporters mourn East Lyme 9-year-old who lost cancer fight

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Madeline Guarraia was sworn in as an honorary Waterford police officer last year. (Waterford police photos) Madeline Guarraia was sworn in as an honorary Waterford police officer last year. (Waterford police photos)
EAST LYME, CT (WFSB) -

The community is rallying around a 9-year-old girl from East Lyme who recently lost her battle with cancer.

Police departments, local celebrities and others have come together to honor Madeline Guarraia.

Madeline battled the illness for five long years, according to her family. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.

The Waterford Police Department posted its condolences to social media on Thursday. It said it had Madeline sworn in as a member of the police department last April. It noted that she carried her appointment seriously.

Police in that department said they're wearing mourning bands on their badges in honor of "Officer Madeline Guarraia." A black bunting was also draped over the entry of police headquarters, honoring Guarraia

Madeline has been the focus of many events in the East Lyme community.

It came together ahead of Christmas to celebrate the holiday early for her.

She also received a significant response when she asked for toy donations for other children.

She battled three cancers for nearly five years.

Her mother would post daily updates on Maddie's condition on her Facebook page, Mad About Madeline. Her daughter's bright smile united thousands to help support various fundraisers and events that even benefited others.

"I've never seen so much love, adoration, passion and so many prayers," said Joyce Beauvais, of East Lyme.

Counseling and other help was being offered to Madeline's 4th grade classmates and others at Lillie B. Haynes School.

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