HOWELL – Howell Police recently delivered a pint-sized police motorcycle to 7-year-old resident and police fan Jake Honig, who has been bravely fighting cancer since he was two years old.
Last year, Jake visited Howell Police officers at their headquarters and was treated to a ride-along and tour, so they decided to return the favor and visit him at his house – this time armed with a motorcycle.
Officers also presented him with a banner that read “Jake ‘The Tank’ Honing: A True Hero.” The nickname refers to his strength in fighting his disease. Jake had previously been in remission for four years before his symptoms started returning in April.
Detective Corporal Mike Pavlick, who knows the family through a mutual friend, coordinated the special occasion and arranged motorcycle’s purchase through the PBA. He assembled and prepared the tiny ride for delivery to Jake’s house on June 1, on a day he was feeling good.
Detective Sergeant Christian Antunez spoke on behalf of the Howell Police by saying, “He’s just amazing,” and that Jake can go through 10 hours of testing then go to school the next day like nothing happened.
“He truly is an inspiration to all of us. I’m sure he has positively impacted more people in the past 5 years than most adults do in their entire life,” added Police Chief Andrew Kudrick.