MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said.

A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s mother sewed a special Gracie-sized police chief uniform, and the chief asked Gracie if she wanted to come to the police department for her special police chief day.

That day turned out to be April 25, and kicked off with “paperwork” in the chief’s office – coloring in coloring books.

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“Following our work in the chief’s office it was off to do an inspection of the building,” which had been decorated with balloons in Gracie’s honor, Caggiano said. “The first order of business was a jail cell inspection. She checked out the cells and the processing room. Next, we checked out the patrol vehicles and motorcycles. She found all the lights and the sirens as well. She made sure they all worked just fine.”

A check of the fingerprinting room found the pair getting fingerprint ink all over their hands, Caggiano said with a laugh at the April 27 Montville Township Committee meeting.

“We visited the courtroom and checked out the view from the judge’s bench,” Caggiano said. Officers and Gracie also took pictures outside with the police department sign, decorated with a special police officer minion, one of Gracie’s favorite cartoon characters.

Mom Dina and dad Craig said that Gracie enjoyed being police chief for a day.

“What an incredibly special experience and honor it was for Montville Police Department to make Gracie chief of police for the day,” Dina said. “We got the full experience and first-hand view to capture everything our wonderful police department does to serve and protect our community. Thank you to Andrew Caggiano and Carlo Marucci and everyone there that made this day one we will never forget!”

At the committee meeting, Mayor Frank Cooney read a proclamation for Gracie, which stated in part that Gracie is “brave, courageous and beautiful. Her spirit is magical, as she continues to sparkle and shine through her difficulties.”