3-year-old gets a chance to fight crime after fighting cancer

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department gave a special boy an unforgettable day Wednesday, teaming up with Make-A-Wish to help 3-year-old David Juarez live his dream of becoming a police officer.

“The way they put this together today and the excitement they all had too in doing this for him was pretty amazing,” said David’s grandmother Anna Falcon.

David Juarez is on the road to recovery after battling with neuroblastoma, according to his family.

“It’s been an uphill battle, but he‘s on the other side of the hill now – he’s on his way down now,” said David’s grandfather Mario Juarez.

His uncle Fernando Quintanialla said the family spent many days with David as he went through treatments for his cancer. And one main fixture of their time together: the movie Zootopia.

“Usually he would be at the hospital a week – we all took turns spending time with him” Quintanialla said. “I lost count how many times we watched that movie.”

Quintnialla and David’s family said the movie also inspired the 3-year-old to want to be a police officer when he grew up. And so, CPD teamed up with Make-A-Wish to give David an unforgettable day.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson swore David in to be a cop for a day. Then he was off to see the wide range of things police do on a daily basis, from checking out the motorcycles to taking a trip on the police boat, and of course meeting the mounted and canine units. He even got to take the bomb-diffusing robot for a spin.

“I’m in the same spot he was – from the day that I was born all I wanted to do was be a policeman,” said CPD Lt. Robert Stasch. “And these officers, they’re fathers and mothers and parents too, and to see someone as enthusiastic as David means the world to them.”

David even got the chance to bust some bad animals who stole some money – although they all ate cake together in the end.

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