Appleton police say goodbye to honorary officer

The Appleton Police Department granted Jacob Frerking, an Appleton teen battling the cancer, the chance to become a police officer for the day through Wisconsin’s Make-A-Wish foundation, September 9, 2016. (Photos courtesy of Appleton Police Department)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Eighteen-year-old Jacob Frerking, an honorary Appleton police officer, died Jan. 18, 2018.

Frerking battled a rare type of aggressive cancer.

He asked to become a police officer through Wisconsin's Make-A-Wish foundation, and the Appleton Police Department responded.

In the fall of 2016, the department, along with the community, helped make Frerking's dream come true.

On Saturday, the department sent its condolences to his family and shared a few favorite memories in a Facebook post.

As Officer Frerking #9275 fought his battle against an evil cancer, he gave us perspective and insight that was far advanced for a man only 18 years old. We will always remember him for his grace and courage in the face of his battle. Sadly Officer Frerking #9275 passed away on Thursday, with his family at his side. His law enforcement brothers and sisters escorted him to the funeral home to show our respect for his service. Thank you Officer Frerking #9275, you made a differnce (sic).

Frerking's obituary says his funeral will be held Jan. 22, at 11 a.m., at First English Lutheran Church in Appleton.

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