6-year-old with cancer sworn in as honorary police officer

  • In this Feb. 7, 2019 photo provided by Freeport Police Department, 6-year-old Abigail Arias, who is battling cancer, poses for a picture after being sworn in as a Texas police officer by Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey in Freeport, Texas. The chief administered the oath to the girl, who wore a custom-made police uniform, and then gave her a big hug. Abigail stood on a stepladder as she raised her right hand to join the police department in Freeport, a city of about 12,000 located 50 miles south of Houston. (Freeport Police Department via AP)

  • In this Feb. 7, 2019 photo provided by the Freeport Police Department, 6-year-old Abigail Arias, who is battling cancer, is sworn in as a Texas police officer by Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey in Freeport, Texas. The chief administered the oath to the girl, who wore a custom-made police uniform, and then gave her a big hug. Abigail stood on a stepladder as she raised her right hand to join the police department in Freeport, a city of about 12,000 located 50 miles south of Houston. (Freeport Police Department via AP)

FREEPORT, Texas — A 6-year-old Houston-area girl with cancer had a dream come true when she was sworn in as an honorary police officer.

Police in Freeport, Texas, tweeted details of Thursday’s ceremony for Abigail Arias (AR’-ee-ahs). Chief Ray Garivey (gar-ee-VAY’) had learned of Abigail’s interest in law enforcement and swore her in.

Abigail has Wilms’ tumor, a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys.

Abigail wore a custom-made police uniform and stood on a stepladder as she raised her right hand while the police chief administered the oath. Freeport is a city of about 12,000 located 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) south of Houston.

Uniformed officers from a number of agencies were on hand for the ceremony.

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