Newest Police Recruit is a Seven-Year-Old

A dying boy’s dream to become a police officer comes true.

It was a hero’s welcome for Chino police department’s newest recruit, Jose Verduzco.

Before he was even sworn in, he has already shown bravery in his fight against a cancerous brain tumor that changed everything for him in a matter of months.
“He was diagnosed with headaches in November and then he collapse in the hospital... and that’s when they did the MRI and they found out he had two tumors,” said his teacher, Traci McArdle-Johnson.
Last week, he had a setback. 


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The cancer had blown up even after chemotherapy and radiation. Doctors gave him less than a month to live.

His parents came to grips with the reality that their boy would never grow up.  They thought he would never live his dream of being a police officer.

But on Thursday, the Chino Police Department made Jose an honorary police officer.

During the ceremony, Jose raised his right hand with assistance and took the oath, as his mom wiped tears from her eyes.

A Sergeant, who won the Medal of Valor Ribbon, which is law enforcement's highest honor, gave his medal to Jose.

"I have an understanding of what he's being faced with right now," said Sgt. Rodney Lombard.  "It's much more grave than what I faced when I won that award."

The Chino Police Officers Association is helping the family out with their medical expenses.  You can donate on the organization's website and follow the link to the donations page.

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