‘Lil D’ becomes honorary law enforcement member for a day

Pawhuska Police Chief Scott Laird makes David Kanke, 5, an honorary police officer for the day. Kanke, who has been battling cancer since December 2010, came out of remission and now has another tumor in his neck. Photos by Rachel Anne Seymour/Bigheart Times

Pawhuska Police Chief Scott Laird makes David Kanke, 5, an honorary police officer for the day. Kanke, who has been battling cancer since December 2010, came out of remission and now has another tumor in his neck. Photos by Rachel Anne Seymour/Bigheart Times

Some might have noticed the parade of Osage County Sheriff and Pawhuska Police cars rolling with lights and sirens Friday. When three sheriff’s cars arrived at the local Pawhuska Police Department, Chief Scott Laird knew it could cause a lot of speculation in a small town.

“It’s an alien landing,” one officer joked.

“President Obama comes to Pawhuska!” another officer said.

“Part of that L.A. Pawhuska tour,” a third replied.

No, it wasn’t the president. It was David “Lil D” Kanke from Wynona. Kanke, 5, who has been battling a rare cancer, neuroblastoma, since December of 2010, was made an honorary Pawhuska police officer, county deputy and prison guard Friday.

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