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Deceased 11-year-old named honorary officer, gets full police funeral

Some kids want to be president, some want to be astronauts, some ballet dancers; all 11-year-old Enrique Ortiz Lugo wanted was to be chief of the Doral Police Department in Miami-Dade County.

Born into a family with a number of members who are affiliated with law enforcement, Ortiz died suddenly of health complications on Sept 3.

Three days after his death, the stepson of Doral police chaplain Monserrate Burgos, Ortiz's dream came true posthumously when he was named an honorary police officer by Doral.

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Doral and Miami Beach police departments held a ceremony with honors at a local funeral home, with little Enrique being dressed in full Doral police uniform.

His casket was carried by police officers into the hearse after an American flag was draped on top. A police motorcade escorted his body to the Miami International Airport, and he was flown to Puerto Rico.

Ortiz’s father, a correctional officer, met the plane when it landed, and Enrique's body was transported to the city of Yauco, where he was buried as an honorary member of the Doral Police Department.

“The death of a child brings heartache to everyone in a community. This was especially true for the Doral Police Department, since Enrique was the son of one of our chaplains and part of the Doral police family,” Carlos Arango, a police spokesman told the Miami Herald. “We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to honor Enrique’s memory by making him an honorary police officer and pray his family may be consoled in their grief.”

The Herald reported that Ortiz loved gospel music, singing and playing with Legos.

The boy was also a member of the Puerto Rico Police Athletic League and was given a Doral Police pin, badge and hat in 2015.

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