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.
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.
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.
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.
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