Warren Co. fourth grader Aidan Tidwell becomes honorary GBI Special Agent
By Caitlin Boland

Aidan and Drake Tidwell are shown with Special Agents Carl Murray, Mike Petry, Tony Williamson and Shanon Resha as well Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan and Investigative Assistant Judy Hobbs.
A M.E. Freeman Elementary fourth grader became the newest member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on April 24.
Aidan Tidwell was sworn in as an honorary special agent by Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan, and his brother, Drake Tidwell, a third grader at M.E. Freeman, was also sworn in as an honorary special agent.
Aidan Tidwell suffers from rhaboid sarcoma, a type of cancer. He currently has cancer in his lungs, according to Louise Hadden, a family friend.
“I met Aidan at Relay for Life in Warrenton in 2012,” Hadden said. “He has lung cancer, and it’s terminal this time. This is his third time having cancer, and he’s only 10 years old. The doctors said he wouldn’t live to be 10, but he has.”
Hadden said Aidan was first diagnosed at three years old, a few weeks shy of his fourth birthday.
Hadden said she got to know Aidan driving him to some of his chemo treatments.
“He is a very smart kid,” Hadden said. “He is always talking about forensic files, so I knew this would mean a lot to him.”
Judy Hobbs, investigative assistant for the GBI Region 7 office in Thomson, said when the Region 7 office heard about Aidan, they knew they had to make something happen for him.
“We called Mr. Keenan, the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and he said we could swear Aidan and Drake in as honorary special agents, giving them credentials, a GBI patch and GBI lapel pin,” Hobbs said. “As far as I know, this is the first time we have ever done something like this.” 
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