ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Officer Colin Toland is officially Sergeant Toland.
On Monday, the Ithaca Police Department promoted him, making Officer Colin not only the youngest member of the force, but also the quickest to have ever been promoted.
"He is facing some further challenges and has another surgery later this week. so we wanted to make sure we got him sworn in and he knows how important he is to our city and our police department," says Acting Police Chief Pete Tyler.
Officer Colin was sworn in as an honorary officer in September of 2017. This after meeting former Chief of Police John Barber, who saw his desire to join the force.
"I wanted to help the world," Officer Colin says.
"One year later, he's still working hard," says Barber. "It's a great feeling that he's continuing his role as a police officer, despite the fact that i'm no longer here."
Colin will now step into his new role as a leader at IPD. It's one his fellow officers and Chief say he's more than prepared to take on.
"He's patrolled with us, he's gone to special events, he's done our safety announcements--all of these different things surrounded by his challenges and the health issues he's facing," says Tyler. "You never see him feel sorry for himself."
And in just one year, his dedication has been felt both on the force and in the community.
"The word that comes to mind is inspiring," says Tyler.
"When Colin speaks, people listen," says Barber. "That's just how powerful he is. He's just an amazing young man."