10-year-old boy with terminal brain cancer becomes NYPD honor police officer

A brave Texas boy with a deadly form of brain cancer was sworn in by the NYPD Wednesday while on a mission to become an honorary officer in hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the country.

Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel – a feisty 10-year-old suffering from rapidly growing cancerous tumors in the base of his brain and spine – beamed as he received a lesson on how to shoot a gun and drive an armored vehicle.

The Boy in Blue from Pearland was clad in riot gear, complete with a shield and helmet, and displayed a “rock on” hand signal from inside the tank.

devarjaye "DJ" Daniel — a 10-year-old from Texas with a fatal form of brain cancer — was sworn in as an honorary NYPD member on April 20, 2022.
Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel — a 10-year-old from Texas with a fatal form of brain cancer — was sworn in as an honorary NYPD member on April 20, 2022.
William Farington
Daniel was diagnosed with grade III anaplastic ependymoma in 2018.
Daniel was diagnosed with grade III anaplastic ependymoma in 2018.
Facebook/Devarjaye Daniel
The 10-year-old has set his sights on becoming an honorary member of 100 law enforcement agencies since his diagnosis.
The 10-year-old’s goal is to become an honorary member of 100 law enforcement agencies since his diagnosis.
Facebook/Devarjaye Daniel

He later held up a badge given to him at a conference table and declared, “If you don’t have one of these, get off the table!”

When asked how it feels to be part of the NYPD, he said, “I’m speechless right now.”

The animated boy also fooled around with cops — at one point he teased Deputy Chief Jim McCarthy about his baldness and spontaneously pumped a round of push-ups.

Daniel met with NYPD officers and tried on gear in Manhattan.
Daniel met with NYPD officers and tried on gear in Manhattan.
William Farington
Daniel wears riot gear and wields a gun with the cops.
Daniel wears riot gear and wields a gun with the cops.
William Farington
NYPD honorary officer learns how to fire a rifle.
NYPD honorary officer learns how to fire a rifle.
William Farington
Daniel said he was "speechless" after joining the NYPD.
Daniel said he was “speechless” after joining the NYPD.
Facebook/Devarjaye Daniel

In 2018, Daniel was diagnosed with grade III anaplastic ependymoma, a disease that can damage the central nervous system and is often caused by cancerous tumors, according to law enforcement news site police1.com.

He soon set a goal of becoming an honor police officer by visiting 100 law enforcement agencies. By February he had achieved that goal and been sworn in everywhere from Memphis, Tennessee to Montgomery County, Texas.

With his father’s help, he decided to move on and traveled to New York this week.

Daniel has been visiting law enforcement agencies across the country with his father since he set his sights on it.
Daniel has been visiting law enforcement agencies across the country with his father since he set his sights on it.
Facebook/Devarjaye Daniel
According to his father, Daniel has had 11 surgeries since his diagnosis.
According to his father, Daniel has had 11 surgeries since his diagnosis.
Facebook/Devarjaye Daniel

In all, the plucky boy has had at least 11 surgeries but has remained optimistic, according to his father Theodis Daniel, a single father with a military background.

“I appreciate everyone who comes to support him. That’s exactly why he has the urge to fight harder,” Theodis Daniel said in February. “[He] knows the severity of his cancer, but he doesn’t let it set him back or anything.”

The boy’s NYPD visit on Wednesday was organized by the non-profit organization Blue Lives Matter NYC.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/20/10-year-old-boy-with-terminal-brain-cancer-becomes-honorary-nypd-cop/ 10-year-old boy with terminal brain cancer becomes NYPD honor police officer

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