Terminally ill teen named honorary deputy
Eighteen-year-old Allan Gonzalez has leukemia
By Samia Khan and Patrick Healy
NBC Los Angeles
PALMDALE, Calif. — Sheriff’s deputies in Palmdale surprised a terminally ill teen with the honor of being a "deputy sheriff for the day" on Monday.
Eighteen-year-old Allan Gonzalez has leukemia, and doctors say he has a month or so to live. His brother Emilio Suarez made arrangements with the LA County Sheriff’s Department to bestow this honor upon Gonzalez, who himself aspires to be an officer.
"A lot of people sometimes don’t understand the law enforcement – they’re here to help. A lot of people, they don’t like the police. I like the police, they do what they have to do, this is their job," Gonzalez said.