An outpouring of support from the men and women in blue, not for a fellow officer but for an Allentown boy who made a big impact in his short life.

Flanked by officers, the casket of 12-year-old Kaleb Holder was given a sendoff fit for a hero. It included a full law enforcement procession through Allentown and Lehigh County.

"A clear loss here. He served as an inspiration to myself, our office and other law enforcement agencies," said Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hanna.

Kaleb's love of the law was highlighted in March of 2016 when the Lehigh County sheriff's office made him sheriff for the day.

His mom Janelle Livingston said it was the best day of his life.

"He loves the sheriff. He was like I got to be him. I'm like a real sheriff. I can arrest people," Livingston said.

"I was like sure you can," she chuckled.

Kaleb will never get the chance, as he died last week from ALD, a rare genetic brain condition that affects young boys.

Initially given six months to live, Kaleb survived four more years.

His funeral, which included players from Lehigh Valley Phantoms, put a spotlight on Kaleb's battle.

"I hope this brings awareness to the world and to a lot of families so we can understand the extent of this disease and what it does to kids," Livingston said.

The upbeat song "Best Day of my Life" played at the cemetery, highlighting that Kaleb's spark didn't die, it only shifted.

"This was an amazing turnout. I've never been more proud of this family. By family I mean my law enforcement family," family member and Fountain Hill officer Richmond Penn said.

A family Kaleb will forever be a part of.

Sheriff Joe Hanna presented a posthumous honor to his family, and Kaleb was buried wearing his sheriff's uniform.

"Going to be looking down today, just from a different perspective. He would have loved this," Penn said.

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