New Bedford Police raise $20,000 for local 6 year old

J.J., who is currently awaiting a heart transplant, was also sworn in as an honorary member of the Department.

NEW BEDFORD, MA (WLNE) – Meet J.J. Montalban, the 6-year-old New Bedford resident sworn in today as one of the youngest honorary members of the New Bedford Police Department.

J.J., who has had a strong love and appreciation for law enforcement from a young age, has been fighting a rare heart condition from the day he was born with his first operation at just 7 days old. Now, six operations later, J.J. and his family are waiting for his only option to become available: a heart transplant.

Members of the New Bedford Police Department stepped in to raise both funds and spirits for the family, bringing in over $20,000 to help with costs associated with his treatment & travel. “It’s sad to see a little boy like that go through what he goes through,” said Patrolman & S.R.O. Shane Harris. “So it feels good to help.”

Dressed in a uniform, J.J. was also gifted a Power Wheel Jeep that can be used to carry out his “police duties” for the day.

In an emotional statement, J.J.’s mother, Angelie Montalban, expressed gratitude to the department and community that helps make the frequent trips to Boston Children’s Hospital possible. “Now we don’t have to be worried about how we’re gonna pay for gas or food,” she explained.

To learn more about J.J., visit his GoFundMe page here: Fundraiser by Angelie Johan : Funds for Transportation! Help us help JJ! (

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