GOODLETSVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A 10-year-old boy battling terminal brain cancer is fulfilling his lifelong dream of traveling the country and being sworn in as an honorary police officer in as many police departments as possible.
Devarjay “DJ” Daniel of Pearland, Texas, was “sworn in” to the Goodlettsville Police Department on Wednesday. He was greeted by officers and became an honorary officer in front of a crowd of smiling faces.
“He began his mission by taking an oath as an honorary police officer in 100 law enforcement agencies,” the media report said. “He far exceeded that goal and has been sworn in by almost 700 law enforcement agencies since the beginning of this year.”
The DJ also raises awareness of children battling cancer through meetings with law enforcement and the public. His father, Theodis, believes DJ’s encounters with law enforcement are the reason his son outlived his original five-month life prognosis.
Field Training Officer Rico Jones of the Goodlettsville Police Department saw DJ’s story and felt the need to contact his father. Jones said that he was touched not only by DJ’s courage in fighting cancer, but also by the fact that “he was so selfless and wanted to get the attention of other kids fighting cancer.”
“I had so many emotions that overwhelmed me when I read his story. All I could think about is that this young man is fighting for his life, but at the same time he is fighting for others and to keep them informed,” Jones said. “As adults, we sometimes focus on minor inconveniences; but DJ’s story showed me what I really need to focus on and love everyone and not take this beautiful life we’ve been given for granted.”
The DJ plans to continue his mission for as long as he can.
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