On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, seventy recruits from Boston Police Academy Class 56-16 took an oath to protect and serve, fifty-six of them for the City of Boston. As they stepped off the stage as fully sworn police officers, they will take with them the memory of a very special young boy, honorary Boston Police Officer Kolton Hessman. Young 3-year-old Kolton recently passed away from Congenital Heart Disease while waiting for a heart transplant, but only after BPD Academy Instructor Officer Kevin Welsh and the recruits of Academy Class 56-16 took a special interest in Kolton, sending him BPD patches and gifts to his home in Tennessee and raising money for Kolton's family. Last month, Kolton was posthumously sworn as an honorary Boston Police Officer in an emotional ceremony with Class 56-16, a ceremony indicative of an eternal bond between these recruits and little Kolton. As the recruits hit the streets tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, 2017, they will surely carry with them Officer Hessman’s memory.