Havering’s police make 11-year-old Honorary Policeman for a day before passing away from rare genetic condition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:48 20 April 2018

Dean Lambert, 11, with his sister-in-law Nicola and Pc David Bunn.

Dean Lambert, 11, with his sister-in-law Nicola and Pc David Bunn.

Pc David Bunn

An 11-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition, who was unable to fulfil his bucket list dream of becoming a police officer for the day before he sadly died, has been honoured by the borough’s police.

A custom-made uniform for 11-year-old Dean Lambert. Picture: Pc David BunnA custom-made uniform for 11-year-old Dean Lambert. Picture: Pc David Bunn

Dean Lambert, from Thurrock, suffered from Mulibrey Nanism, an extremely rare genetic disorder which affected his muscles, liver, eyes and brain function.

He was only one of 116 people worldwide to be diagnosed with the condition.

Knowing he had little time to spend with his family, Dean created a bucket list of all the things he wanted to do.

From a trip to the beach and watching an Arsenal game to seeing Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, the 11-year-old had a wide range of things he wanted to do and his list included becoming a police officer for a day.

PC David Bunn said: “I said I would do everything in my power to make Dean’s wish come true.”

A day was organised for Dean and his family to meet the marine unit, those working with helicopters, traffic officers and Pc Bunn was in talks with his school to organise a police visit.

As well as this, a custom-made police uniform was made for Dean, including a beat helmet, flat cap, utility belt with cuff holder and drinks holder.

The tri-borough commander Jason Gwillim was also going to present him with a certificate to make him an Honorary Policeman for the day during a small ceremony.

Pc Bunn and PC Darryl Wheeler visited Dean with his new uniform while he was at Basildon Hospital as his condition worsened.

Sadly, on April 6, just a few days before he was going to spend the day with police, he passed away.

He was given a police escort from South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Upminster, last Friday following his funeral.

Pc Bunn said: “The reason I did this is the same reason any other Police officer would have done it, “to make a difference”.

“It was a privilege for me to be given the opportunity to help a family at their time of need.”

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