March 18, 2022 No. 26
Finding Everyday Beauty from the Window of a Bus
Despite battling brain and spine cancer, Devarjaye (DJ) Daniel wakes up every day with a smile, determined to reach his goal of being sworn in as an honorary officer by 100 law enforcement agencies.
The METRO Police Department is the 47th to help make his wish come true. DJ became an honorary MPD officer during a moving ceremony late last month.
He was sworn in by Police Chief Vera Bumpers and, surrounded by nearly 40 MPD officers, proudly accepted his official badge saying it was a day he will never forget.
"We appreciate you wanting to be a part of our organization," said Bumpers. "Just know we are committed to praying for you every day. With God, all things are possible."
DJ also received his very own MPD uniform, a specially-made shadowbox, a pin from the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and a personal note of encouragement from Bumpers.
The Aldine-ISD fourth-grader's love of law enforcement began during Hurricane Harvey when his family found refuge at the George R. Brown Convention Center and experienced numerous acts of kindness from three police officers.
"The officers would always hand out snacks to DJ and his siblings," said his dad. "They took him under their wings during those tough days. DJ always remembered their kindness — it's something he never forgot."
The ceremony in the METRO Board Room closed with the Police Officer's Prayer, led by MPD Sgt. Tommy Dean Jr.
"I know DJ said this is a day he will never forget, but I know it's one that every officer in this room won't forget either," said MPD Police Chief Vera Bumpers."
DJ's dad says the 10-year-old's spirit is strong.
"He's always ready to give anyone he meets a big hug or tell one of his favorite jokes," said his father.
There will be more hugs, more jokes, and more badges as other agencies make plans to help DJ achieve his dream.