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By PoliceOne Staff
FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas police department made a 10-year-old boy’s dream come true.
KXAS reports that Dakin Lovelace has a rare genetic disorder that affects his muscles, which is why he uses a wheelchair. Dakin and his family live in East Texas but travel to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for medical treatment.
Dakin also has a love for law enforcement. During one of their recent visits to DFW, they met a Fort Worth officer who promised that the young boy would join the PD as a junior officer.
On Monday, the department made good on that promise and hosted a swearing-in ceremony for Dakin, along with giving him a tour of the headquarters. Police Assistant Chief Ed Kraus said the boy has shown true courage, strength and heart beyond his years and has demonstrated that he is a true hero, according to Fox News.
Sgt. Chris Britt, a spokesperson for the Fort Worth PD, said it was a “huge honor” to swear-in Dakin. He added that “making a difference in the community” is what policing is all about.
“It’s not about arresting people and things like that. It’s about reaching out to somebody like that, you know, somebody who might not have normally had this opportunity,” Britt said.