HISD PD honors young cancer warrior with swearing-in ceremony

To raise awareness about childhood cancers, 10-year-old Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel had one goal in mind: to be sworn-in by 100 law enforcement agencies as an honorary officer.

Daniel has both terminal brain and spinal cancer. On Monday, A swearing-in ceremony was held for the young cancer warrior at HISD PD headquarters.

The inspiration came from Abigail Arias who, at the time of her cancer diagnosis in 2017, wanted nothing more than to be a police officer. Arias became an honorary officer for the Freeport Police Department and Texas Rangers before passing away in 2019 at age seven.

“[Daniel] is honoring her by putting his name out there and his mission in order to get more awareness for childhood cancer,” said HISD Police Chief Pedro Lopez, Jr.“He’s a very brave young man, and he’s doing this for himself and other children that are suffering with childhood cancer.”

Daniel surpassed his goal, but he’s not stopping. He has several more swearing-in ceremonies scheduled over the next few months.