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Officer Morgan gets specialized wheelchair

As promised at "Officer Morgan Day," Quantum Rehab officials presented 5-year-old Morgan Steward with a new specialized wheelchair, complete with police lights and sirens, at a special ceremony Friday afternoon at the Covington Police Department.

Morgan, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy — a genetic condition that affects his muscle movement — was sworn in as Covington’s youngest police officer at a city council meeting in early December. He led the Covington Christmas parade, and a few weeks later, an Atlanta television station and the community celebrated the kindergarten cop on "Officer Morgan Day.’’

At the prior event, several presentations were made to Morgan and his family, including an honorary paver on Covington’s Hollywood Walk of Stars; an updated lift on the family’s van for Morgan’s wheelchair from R&R Mobility of Conyers; and several other surprises, including an appearance by former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.

Among the special presentations, officials with Quantum Rehab of Pennsylvania vowed to create a special wheelchair for Morgan, to make getting around and interacting with people easier.

As the police-style wheelchair rolled toward Morgan Friday afternoon, lighting up and sounding its sirens, he smiled with joy.

His parents, Tangi Forman Steward and Barron Steward, helped their son into his new chair, and Morgan quickly took a sprin around the police department.

John Storie of Quantum Rehab said the company takes pride in creating different types of mobility chairs.

Storie said, "We saw how much support he (Morgan) received after ‘Officer Morgan Day’. … We have a foundation on creating the latest and greatest, and we wanted to help out."

Storie said Morgan’s new wheelchair will allow him to lift up and down so that he can interact with peers eye-to-eye. It also has features that will grow with Morgan.

After the presentation, Morgan’s parents thanked Quantum Rehab, the Covington Police Department and the community for their support. Morgan’s mom joked that she has never followed more traffic laws than she has since Morgan was sworn in as an officer. His dad, Barron said, "This has been such a wowing experience and we’re excited for Morgan and the community."

"We’re just hoping he (Morgan) is going to be an inspiration to people and the community."