News From Harlingen, Texas
Seven Year Old Becomes Honorary Harlingen Police Officer
07/05/2019

Harlingen, Texas–The authorized strength of the Harlingen Police Department increased today as Assistant Chief of Police Miryam Anderson administered the oath of office to Abigail Rose Arias.

 

The seven-year old from Angleton, Texas, and her family are visiting the Harlingen area.  For the past three years, she has been undergoing cancer treatments in Houston. She was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys.  According to the American Cancer Society, it is the most common type of kidney cancer found in children.

 

Her dream is to become a police officer when she grows up and today, the Harlingen Police Department helped her make that dream a reality.  After being sworn-in, she accepted her new department ID and met Katniss, one of Harlingen's Canine Officers.  Officer Abigail and her brother Ethan didn’t mind rolling around on the ground with the four-legged officer.  Abigail, Ethan, and their parents Ruben and Ilene then patrolled the City with one of the officers. 

 

Abigail beat this illness once but unfortunately, cancer returned after only six-months of going into remission.  Abigail is a beautiful and polite little girl that loves fishing, playing softball, dressing up in her favorite princess costume, jumping on her trampoline, playing video games, and riding her bike.  She also adores her brother Ethan whom she says always protects her.  She says one day she’s going to be a police doctor that way if she’s on a call and someone needs medical attention, she’ll be able to make them feel better.

 

Kudos to the Harlingen Police Department who made her dream come true today and Officer Abigail, the City of Harlingen welcomes you. We will all sleep better knowing you’re looking out for us.

 

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