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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-A young man with the dream of joining the police force will be honored by officers at his funeral on Wednesday.  Nathaniel “Nate” Parker, 19, passed away on January 23, after battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Parker wanted to become a police officer. The Edmundson Police Department helped him realize that dream before his death, appointing him as a Special Volunteer Police Officer on April 23, 2015, with badge number 007.

Parker will be honored by Edmundson police officers and other agencies when he is laid to rest Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at the Valhalla Cemetery on St. Charles Rock Road.

Parker attended Ritenour High School. In 2015, he received the Rosemary Zander Award from the Special Education Foundation and Special School District of St. Louis County for his ability to inspire others to persevere no matter what the circumstances.