A young girl who is battling cancer was sworn in as an honorary police officer in Texas, and video of the ceremony is touching hearts on social media.
Freeport, Texas police shared the emotional moment in a Thursday Facebook post. It shows Honorary Officer Abigail Rose Arias in uniform, with her right-hand raised.
Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey’s voice breaks as he stands in front of Abigail, reading the oath.
“I now and forever promise to keep fighting the bad guys,” Garivey tearfully says, pausing for Abigail to repeat the words.
“Until all of my cancer is gone,” the oath concluded.
The story has been shared by national news organizations such as CBS News and video of the the ceremony been viewed millions of times.
Abigail, 6, has battled the disease before, but this time doctors are telling her family there is no cure, Houston’s ABC13 reports.
“I have cancer. The bad guys are in my lungs,” she reportedly told the station.
Her mother, Ilene Arias, told the ABC13 that doctors have told them it’s time for Abigail “to enjoy some life.”
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Freeport Police said Abigail has been battling Wilms tumor, a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys, for two years.
The special ceremony came after Abigail expressed her interest in being an officer; Garivey and other community leaders worked to make the special moment possible.
“Well as you can see, dreams come true!” the department posted to Facebook. “Continued prayers for Abigail and God Bless her and her family!”
The department said Friday that patches and coins could be sent to Garivey for delivery to “Rookie Officer Abigail Rose Arias #758.”
The department’s address is:
Freeport Police Department
430 N Brazosport Blvd
Freeport, Texas 77541