Terminally Ill Teen Named Honorary Sheriff’s Deputy for a Day

Eighteen-year-old Allan Gonzalez was diagnosed with leukemia last March. He has aspirations to become a member of law enforcement.

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    Lt. Dennis Kneer presents 18-year-old Allan Gonzalez with the honor of being a sheriff's deputy for the day at the Palmdale sheriff's station on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

    Sheriff’s deputies in Palmdale surprised a terminally ill teen with the honor of being a "deputy sheriff for the day" on Monday.

    Eighteen-year-old Allan Gonzalez has leukemia, and doctors say he has a month or so to live. His brother Emilio Suarez made arrangements with the LA County Sheriff’s Department to bestow this honor upon Gonzalez, who himself aspires to be an officer.

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    "A lot of people sometimes don’t understand the law enforcement – they’re here to help. A lot of people, they don’t like the police. I like the police, they do what they have to do, this is their job," Gonzalez said.

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    Gonzalez was surprised by the honor. He thought he was just going to the Palmdale sheriff’s station for a tour.

    He had no idea he’d become a honorary deputy, a role that includes riding along with an outstanding sheriff’s deputy, getting a full tour of the operation, familiarizing oneself with the equipment, and getting a good understanding of what the Sheriff’s Department does on a day to day basis.

    When asked what inspired him to want to pursue law enforcement, Gonzalez smiled and said, "a lot of cop shows."

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    Gonzalez was diagnosed with leukemia last March. Despite the illness, Gonzalez is optimistic.

    "I’m 80 percent stronger than I was before," Gonzales said. "I stay strong. I never think negative, only positive. I just roll with what I have."
     

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