Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel is no ordinary fifth grader. He’s now an FBI agent.
The Garden Villas Elementary School student was recognized for his mission to be sworn into 758 police agencies before receiving a special honorary send-off from fellow students, faculty, and staff.
“We are picking him up today in the bear cat, which is an FBI SWAT vehicle, and taking him to the FBI Houston field office where we’re going to have a very special presentation to officially give him his badge as an honorary special agent,” said Christina Garza, FBI Public Affairs Officer.
Now 11 years old, DJ was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal brain cancer at the age of six. With the support of his loving family, DJ has made it his life’s mission to raise awareness for childhood cancers and honor those who have passed away by traveling across the country to be sworn in by hundreds of police departments.
“For everything that he’s gone through, 11 brain surgeries, advanced stages of cataracts, most people would have given up,” said Theodis Daniel, DJ’s father. “But he enjoys life and doesn’t complain.”
Students and teachers filled the main hallway of Garden Villas Elementary School with chants of “FBI” and signs to celebrate DJ becoming an official agent. To show his appreciation for their support, DJ handed out pieces of paper with his signature.
“Though DJ is fighting for his life, he is demonstrating resiliency which is one of our core values here at Garden Villas Elementary School,” said Principal Kimberly Thompson.
With only a few agencies remaining to be sworn into, DJ has already decided to dedicate his next swearing in to the Uvalde Elementary School students who tragically lost their lives last year.
Follow along with DJ’s journey here.