The Freeport Police Department in Texas swore in its latest officer on Thursday. Six-year-old Abigail Arias took her honorary position on the force, fulfilling her dream to join the ranks of the boys in blue.
Abigail is no stranger to fighting the "bad guys" — her name for cancer — so the community led by Police Chief Raymond Garivey Jr. rallied to giver her a proper induction ceremony.
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"I have cancer. The bad guys are in my lungs," Abigail told KTRK-TV. The little girl fought off a kidney cancer only to have it return, and doctors have told her parents there is no cure.
"They basically said it's time to enjoy some life," Abigail's mother, Ilene Arias, recalled. "Extremely tough. We cried for weeks."
In December, Abigail attended a "Pancakes with Santa" event at the Freeport Police Department, where she told Chief Garivey that when she grows up, she wants to be a police officer. Garivey learned "the chemo and radiation hasn't worked and basically the family is now leaving it in God's hands and praying for a miracle."
Garivey told KTRK, "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."
The chief reached out to a company called Cop Stop, which donated a custom-made uniform for Abigail, complete with a gun belt and duty rig for her to wear during her swearing-in.
Police officers from around the state were in attendance when Abigail raised her right hand and pledged to uphold her duties, vowing to be kind to others, help others when they need help, and help her police family at all times. The final part of her pledge before the attendees was: "I now, and forever, promise to keep fighting the bad guys until all of my cancer is gone."
Abigail has Wilms tumor, which is the most common type of kidney cancer in children, according to the American Cancer Society.