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Honorary Special Deputy Aidan Carter


Sheriff rolls out red carpet for boy suffering with recurring tumors

By Jeff Burton Friday, December 30, 2011 10:00 pm


VALPARAISO | The walk from a patrol car to the Porter County Jail doors is a walk most dread. For Aidan Carter, it was a birthday dream come true.

 "The police car was fun. He put the lights on and turned on the sirens," Aidan said as he left Officer Matt Boone's cruiser.

 A fan of law enforcement, Aidan was named an honorary special deputy Friday morning by Sheriff David Lain and given an all-access tour of the department's massive Ind. 49 complex.

 It was a birthday surprise doctors thought he might never see.

 Born with neurofibromatosis, a genetically inherited disorder that causes recurring tumors on his nerve tissue, Aidan has spent much of his nine years in and out of hospitals, losing much of his sight when tumors were found on his optic nerves.

 At age 3, Aidan began a year and a half of intense chemotherapy treatments. In June, after a recurrence, he completed another yearlong round of treatments.

 His mother, Heidi Carter, said when the family left their home near Columbus, Ohio, to spend the holidays with her family in Valparaiso, Aidan had no idea what was in store for him. His grandmother, Linda Whitton, a professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law, arranged the special day.

 "She asked what he wanted for Christmas and I said anything police-related," Heidi Carter said. "He loves law enforcement. He dresses up as a policeman about three or four times a week."

 Whitton said she called one of her friends who knew Lain and the sheriff agreed to arrange the visit, complete with a gift bag of Sheriff's Department flying discs, key chains and other items, along with a framed certificate and a real badge from a former officer.

 The second-grader was in awe going for a ride to Morgan Township High School with Boone, then touring various offices in the building and getting briefly locked up in a holding cell.

 "Wow," Aidan said as he looked around the jail with his 13-year-old sister, Kendall.

 Todd Carter, Aidan's father, said his son will be hanging his badge and certificate in his bedroom.

 "He'll probably be talking about this the whole six hours going home," his father said with a laugh.




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