10-Year-Old Boy With Rare Disease Gets His Wish: To Become a Cop
Many young children dream of being police offers when they grow up, to protect their communities and be a force for good. This was the case for young Dakin Lovelace, and he didn't have to wait very long for his dream to come true.
"I wanted to be a cop since I was really little," the 10-year-old said.
Dakin was recently sworn in as a junior officer of the Fort Worth Police Department in a special ceremony just for him.
"Dakin has shown true courage, strength and heart beyond his years," said Fort Worth Police Assistant Chief Ed Kraus during the ceremony, "and has demonstrated that he is a true hero."
The young boy has had to be courageous, strong, and optimistic for his entire life. Dakin was born with an incurable disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress (SMARD), which affects his muscle control and development and impacts his breathing. As a result, Dakin uses a wheelchair—but that didn't dampen his enthusiasm for wanting to be a police officer.
Dakin and his parents travelled from Houston to Fort Worth for his ceremony, during which the junior officer got an enthusiastic greeting from the Fort Worth force, and took a group photo with his new squad.