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Five-Year-Old Who Loved Police Receiving Honors At Funeral

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CLEBURNE (CBS11) - At 5 years old, Caleb Adams achieved his dream.

"He was the finest police officer I've ever known. The bravest," said his mother Amber.

Adams was profoundly autistic and struggled with numerous medical conditions.

Still, he admired the bravery he saw, whenever his father put on his uniform for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.

"I'm going to be just like my dad - a police officer - in uniform," Joseph Adams remembers hearing his son say. "My daddy is out there saving the world."

In January, for his birthday the Cleburne Police Department named Caleb an honorary officer.

"He'd tell you, 'I'm a police officer'."

After he was diagnosed with leukemia last month, his friends on the force came to visit, playing "cops and robbers" in the hospital hallway.

"It was the best day of his life. He got to see his heroes," said his mother.

The next day Caleb spiked a fever and never recovered. Wednesday morning, he passed away at home.

"He got his Christmas wish. He doesn't have cancer anymore. He didn't want to be sick," said his dad.

Saturday, he will be remembered with a funeral fit for an officer.

A police honor guard will pay tribute, as will the Cleburne Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

Law enforcement from around the Metroplex have been invited.

His parents say it's what Caleb would have wanted - to be surrounded by the men and women who inspired him.

The funeral will take place at 10 am Saturday at the Creekwood Church in Mansfield.

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