Boy battling cancer asks for police patches from across US

Jeremiah Derks, 12, became a fan of police when officers visited and made him an honorary deputy

By PoliceOne Staff

KOKOMO, Ind. — Deputies who visited 12-year-old Jeremiah Derks didn’t think they were inspiring a future officer. They just thought they were doing a good deed for a boy battling cancer. 

But those officers did more than brighten Jeremiah’s day — they changed his life, CBS4 reported.

Now Jeremiah, who was diagnosed with cancer in July and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, hopes to become a cop himself one day. In the meantime, though, he has another goal: To collect as many police patches from as many departments as he can. 

It started when a Kokomo cop brought Jeremiah a patch during a visit. After his parents posted about the gift online, police from near and far stepped up to support him by sending patches from their own departments. 

“I feel like those cops are here with me,” Jeremiah told CBS4. 

Jeremiah’s parents are grateful for the outpouring of kindness. 

“We can’t be more thankful because we honestly needed the help with him to keep him upbeat and positive,” Alisha Derks told CBS4.

If you’d like to send Jeremiah a patch, you can do so at the following address: 229 Luke Court Kokomo, Indiana 46901.

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