Year-old with cancer sworn in as honorary police officer

Erika Holt
February 11, 2019

The Freeport Police Department in Texas swore in its latest officer on Thursday.

Chief Ray Garivey had learned of Abigail's interest in law enforcement and swore her in as an honorary police officer at Freeport, south of Houston, in the USA state of Texas.

Abigail Arias wants to fight bad guys. Abigail stood on a stepladder as she raised her right hand to join the police department in Freeport, a city of about 12,000 located 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) south of Houston.

Abigal Arias has a stage-four Wilms' tumor wrapped around her aorta.

"Abigail is battling cancer, and doctors have told the family there is no cure", they wrote, adding: "Please keep her and the Arias family in your thoughts and prayers".

But Abigail is strong, and she told her mother that the bad guys won't win this time. "Extremely tough, we cried for a few weeks".

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In December, she met Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey, and the pair struck up an instant friendship.

Garivey said: 'Her terrific smile and will to keep fighting "the bad guys" inside of her - I wanted to make her dream come true. "You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is". She went into remission for five months, but then the cancer spread to her lungs.

After the ceremony, she showed off her uniform, her badge, and her handcuffs.

"Her spirit, her toughness, her will to survive, that's what [we believe in]", Garivey said. I want to help the bad guys go away. "Her story brought peace officers from all over today into one room and it was a magical moment for all who were in attendance".

Abigail said after she was made an officer: "It felt neat inside of my heart and in my body, I felt excitement and all of love". "I rung the bell, but now this cancer is coming back", she said.

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