Texas Boy With Terminal Cancer Who Dreams of Joining Police Sworn In As Honorary Officer

A 10-year-old Texas boy with terminal cancer has been sworn in as an honorary police officer in Roswell, New Mexico.

At a ceremony on March 4, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) hosted a special "swearing in" ceremony for Davarjaye "DJ" Daniel from Houston, Texas, in which he became an honorary member of the department.

During the ceremony, Daniel was also sworn in as an honorary member by the Chaves County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, Hagerman Police Department and Chaves County Detention Center, the RPD said.

The boy's family said he has dreamed of becoming a police officer all his life—and now law enforcement agencies are making that dream a reality.

According to the boy's father, Theodis Daniel, the 10-year-old is now a member of 289 agencies across the country, the Roswell Daily Record reported.

Daniel was diagnosed with metastatic anaplastic ependymoma cancer in 2018. Anaplastic ependymoma is a type of ependymoma—a very rare type of tumor that starts in the brain or spinal cord, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. These tumors occur in both children and adults, and they can grow very quickly.

Daniel has undergone 11 surgeries and several other procedures but the family has been told that the cancer is incurable.

"They're not going to do any more radiation or chemo, no nothing, he's not going to get any of that," Theodis Daniel told the Record. "The only thing that was mentioned in the beginning was to pray."

The 10-year-old arrived at Roswell Police Department on March 4 in a cowboy hat and an RPD uniform tailored just for him.

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The boy greeted department staff and members of the community before Chief Philip Smith recited the oath of office, which Daniel repeated, alongside his brother and sister—aged 10 and 11 respectively—who were also sworn in as honorary members.

The chief then pinned an RPD badge on his uniform before Sheriff Mike Herrington gave him a specially-made bulletproof vest.

"DJ's dream has been to become a police officer, and with the help of his parents and a multitude of law enforcement agencies in numerous states, he is doing that the best way he can many times over," the RPD said in a Facebook post.

"RPD is thankful to have been able to make this a special day for DJ."

During the trip to Roswell, the family visited several attractions, including the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium—where Daniel was sworn in as an honorary "Men in Black" agent.

Newsweek has contacted the Roswell Police Department for comment.

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Davarjaye “DJ” Daniel being sworn in at Roswell Police Department. Roswell Police Department