Andrew helped Deputy Chief Engel and Chief Moericke start the 2016 Daffodil Festival Parade in Sumner PD's classic GTO.
Andrew helped Deputy Chief Engel and Chief Moericke start the 2016 Daffodil Festival Parade in Sumner PD’s classic GTO.

The Chief for a Day event is held biannually at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien and this year it will occur this Thursday, August 18th  at 11:00 AM and the public is welcome.

Chief for a Day is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The hope is to provide these children with a day of fun they will never forget and for us to become a part of their precious lives. It will be our mission to help these children, and their families, to forget about their illness if only for one day.

The “Chiefs” will be transported by police motorcade from Sho-Ware Center in Kent to the police training center campus in Burien. In addition to each child having a hand-tailored uniform from their sponsoring agency, each child will be sworn in as “Chief” or “Sheriff” for the day. After the swearing in ceremony, the new Chiefs and Sheriffs will then experience outside presentations made by law enforcement agencies.

This year, the Sumner Police Department is sponsoring Andrew Gushevatyy who will soon be a fifth grader at Daffodil Valley Elementary school. Andrew has been courageously battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia these past few years.

His favorite color is blue, he enjoys playing basketball and quadding.  Andrew loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman.

Thank you to the businesses who helped make this a special year for Andrew and his family:
Branks BBQ
Walmart-Bonney Lake
The Old Cannery Furniture & Mattress Warehouse
Bank of America (Sumner)
Sumner Police Guild
Dillanos Coffee Roasters
Northwest Trek