A 9-year-old boy was sworn in as an honorary police captain on Friday by officers at the Alton Police Department in Texas. The boy is fighting liver cancer.
Last year Brandon Tadeo Alvarez got a cancer diagnosis and his illness went into remission in September. At the start of this year, cancer came back.
After receiving a phone call from a friend of Brandon on Wednesday, officers of the department visited him. The caller noted the young boy’s love for law enforcement. He dreamed of one day becoming an officer himself.
Chief Jonathan Flores told Fox News, “During our visit, Tanya [Brandon’s mom] shared the details of Brandon’s condition and informed us that doctors had stopped all treatment. We knew immediately that we needed to make his dream come true.”
More than 200 people (family, friends, elected officials, members of the community and officers from neighboring police departments) gathered at City Hall on Friday to support him in a ceremony.
Flores said, “We will continue to support Brandon and his family, doing whatever we can to lift his spirits and help him to stay motivated and continue to fight this terrible disease.”