Texas girl battling cancer becomes honorary officer
The 6-year-old girl got the chance to live her dream
By PoliceOne Staff
FREEPORT, Texas - A 6-year-old girl got the chance to live her dream and become a police officer.
Abigail Arias has Wilms’ tumor, a type of kidney cancer in children, CNN reports.
"The chemo and radiation hasn't worked and basically the family is now leaving it in God's hands and praying for a miracle," Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey Jr. told CNN.
After Garvey learned that Abigail wants to become a police officer when she grows up, the police chief was determined to make her dream come true.
"Her terrific smile and will to keep fighting 'the bad guys' inside of her -- I wanted to make her dream come true," Garivey told CNN. "You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is."
Garvey reached out to Cop Stop to get a custom Freeport uniform designed for Abigail. Rick Fernandez, Cop Stop’s owner, donated the uniform to her along with a duty rig and gun belt.
Abigail was sworn in to the Freeport Police Department on Thursday surrounded by family and friends.
"She is no doubt God-sent," Garivey said. "Her story brought peace officers from all over today into one room and it was a magical moment for all who were in attendance."
Congratulations to the newest member of the Freeport Police Department, Honorary Officer Abigail Rose Arias! She took an oath today to continue fighting the “bad guys” until she is cancer free! What a great day for the City of Freeport, and our Law Enforcement Family from all over this great state, who were in attendance! Also a special thanks to Rick Fernandez owner of Cop Stop Inc. for the wonderful FPD uniform and duty rig! #thinblueline Ruben AriasPosted by Freeport Police Department on Thursday, February 7, 2019