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Year-old with cancer sworn in as honorary police officer

10 February 2019

As Abigail was sworn in surrounded by her family and police officers from around the state, Garivey could be seen shedding tears during the emotional moment.

Giving her a specially-made uniform to wear, and standing on a stepladder, Abigail was sworn in as an honourary officer, with the entire Freeport police department in attendance.

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A 6-year-old Texas girl with an incurable cancer said she had dreamed of becoming a police officer, so the Freeport Police Department chose to make her an honorary officer for the day - and the chief of police broke down while swearing her in. She also vowed to keep fighting the "bad guys" inside her despite her cancer returning for a second time.

"Congratulations to the newest member of the Freeport Police Department, Honorary Officer Abigail Rose Arias!" As his voice cracked, he read the oath, pausing to allow Abigail time to repeat the lines, "I now and forever promise to keep fighting the bad guys... until all my cancer is gone".

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Abigail Arias has Wilms' tumor, a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys. Garivey recalled, "She goes, 'I want to be a police officer.' I looked back at her dad and I said, "She probably should have never told me that".

Abigail's mother said she cried for a few weeks after they learned there was no cure. "Also a special thanks to Rick Fernandez owner of Cop Stop Inc. for the wonderful FPD uniform and duty rig!" However, she said her daughter told her not to worry and that she will not let the bad guys win. "You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is". "I have cancer. The bad guys are in my lungs". She said, "They beat up my body".

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"It felt neat inside of my heart and in my body, I felt excitement and all of love", she said.

Year-old with cancer sworn in as honorary police officer