Five-year-old police officer will lead Covington Christmas parade

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COVINGTON, Ga -- He's officially a Covington Police officer. This weekend, he'll lead the Christmas parade. But, Morgan Steward has bigger dreams. He's been memorizing the Miranda warning, desperately wants to write a ticket, and has a speech to deliver. 

Tuesday, December 17th we want to make that happen. 11Alive is working to make that day #OfficerMorgan day in Covington. We're still collecting your ideas, so make sure to include them in the Facebook message below. 

The first week of November, five-year-old Morgan wore a crisp yellow shift and striped tie. This is no ordinary day.    

Smiling faces and big applause, it was no ordinary Covington City 

That night, Morgan's dream came coming true.  

PHOTOS | See the photos from the swearing-in ceremony

Morgan suffers from spinal muscular atrophy.  It's a genetic condition that affects his muscle movement. Despite the difficulties, he's had one mission. "It's just always been my dream to be a police officer," he explains to 11Alive photojournalist Tyson Paul.

VIDEO | Moragn Steward to lead Covington Christmas parade 

"SMA is a disease that will ultimately rob you of your life," says Morgan's mother, Tangi Forman. "At the beginning of his life, when he was two years old, he would stop breathing every week and a half."

Covington officers saw the family's post on Facebook.  It shows Morgan holding a homemade sign that reads, "I am an SMA type 2. My wish is to be a police officer." So, they made it their mission to make it happen.

Monday night, at the Covington City Council meeting, he was sworn in as a police officer.

Officer Morgan also got a uniform, a real badge, and the key to the city.       

Now that he's officially sworn in, Officer Morgan will lead the Christmas parade this weekend.  He'll ride front-and-center in a police vehicle.    

"Thank you for making my dreams come true," Morgan said after the ceremony. It was hard to say which smile was bigger: Morgan's or the Police chief's. 

"That was probably the highlight of my career," Chief Stacey Cotton. 

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