TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON, NJ (CBS) – A 12-year-old South Jersey boy battling cancer got his wish on Monday, thanks to the Washington Township Police Department.
Jackson Abner is now living his dream of becoming a police officer.
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“I feel happy,” he told CBS3.
The department swore him in as an honorary sergeant, in a custom-made uniform.
For Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik, it was an easy decision to hire Jackson.
“Jackson has been through difficult times,” said Chief Patrick Gurcsik, adding, “It is an honor to be able to make him an honorary officer, the very first in Washington Township.”
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The Wigs & Wishes Foundation hosted the ceremony, wanting to make Jackson’s dream come true. The 12-year-old was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor 10 years ago. He is now battling two tumors.
“We found out he was in hospice care, and we knew we had to do it quickly,” said Martino Cartier of the organization.
According to his mother Brooke Abner, doctors initially said that her son would not arrive at 5 years old. The outpouring of support for his son, the fighter, is overwhelming.
After his first arrest, he received goodies and souvenirs from the police in the country’s departments. A plane even flew over with a banner: “WE LOVE U SGT. JACKSON.
But Jackson and his mother left with even more – a heart full of gratitude.
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“He’s wanted to be a cop since he was 2,” she said. “It’s absolutely amazing.”