The Boise Police Department issued a particularly sad public statement Dec. 27, when it reported that 8-year-old Boise boy Rashid Rashid, who had become close to Boise officers—even becoming an "officer for a day" this past summer—had died from cancer.
"It is with very heavy hearts Boise police officers and the entire BPD family learned they lost their Brother in Blue on Sunday," BPD wrote in the announcement. "As Chief [Bill] Bones reflected: 'He remains in our thoughts and prayers and made an indelible mark on those he met, defining how to face adversity with a smile and to never give up. Rashid’s day as an officer here is one we will carry for the rest of our lives and in doing so we will always carry a part or him with us, on every call we respond to and in the many years we look back on the reasons we are proud to be a part of the Boise Police Department, and the community of Boise.' "
Rashid died with family members by his side, according to a family spokesperson.
Boise State Football Coach Bryan Harsin, recalling when Rashid accompanied the Broncos onto the Blue Turf during an autumn football game at Albertsons Stadium, shared condolences on Twitter:
"Once a Bronco, always a Bronco, RIP Rashid. You will be missed & always remembered."