Waterford police have made sure a young aspiring officer will never be forgotten.
Before 9 year-old Madeline Guarraia lost her battle with cancer earlier this year, she left her mark on the Waterford community.
Guarraia had wanted to be a police officer and had been made an honorary Waterford officer shortly before her death.
"She was a fearless little girl and we certainly like that in our police officers, she was on ride alongs and attended role calls," said chief Brett Mahoney.
Officers hung a portrait of Madeline in their police station.
Guarraia had dreamed of becoming an officer but lost her battle after fighting three different cancers for five years.
"This little girl represents the best of all of us," said Mahoney.
Guarraia's mother thanked the officers through social media.
"I'm not sure we can ever explain how much this means to our family. We have this picture in a very special place in our home. The way you honored her while living, and continue to celebrate her bravery now, is incredible. We KNOW she is so proud to be considered 'one of you.' Thank you will never be enough," said Guarraia.
Pictures of Waterford officers who have passed away on the walls inside the departments. However, Madeline's is hung for all to see.
Community members were touched by the memorial.
"The would be so happy to see that and it's a really great way to honor her. If that's what she wanted to do when she grew up, I think it's super sweet," said New London resident Heather Cote.
The memorial will stay as a reminder of what she meant to so many.
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