A local 4-year-old boy had his wish of being a police officer come true Friday, thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) November 17, 2018
Jon'tel Thomas suffers from sickle cell disease. To help with his fight, his mom says he loves to dress up as comic book heroes, firefighters or police officers.
"He knows that they rescue. They save the good people," said mom Shannon Wilson. "They go out there and fight the bad people. And that's something he wants to do."
Jon'tel was surprised when he arrived at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Northwest Area Command.
"We have K9 right here. We have the motorcycle police here. We're not just doing a tour around the building," said Sgt. Stuart Richmond. "We're doing extra. Extra for him. Making him feel special. Send in the helicopter. Give him the uniform. Make him know what it's like to be a policeman for a day."
Make-a-Wish surprised a wonderful four year old, Jon’tel, with his wish to be a police officer for a day! He bravely ran an academy obstacle course, saw the air unit, K9, and SWAT! Amazing young man we were so lucky to have on our LVMPD team! pic.twitter.com/Sp95WnpgJv
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It was not just a wish come true for Jon'tel but also for his mom. She's actually been through this illness before and wants to see Jon'tel smile.
"My oldest son passed away 9 years ago. He had the same disease. So for me to have to go through it again was very hard. He's a fighter just like his older brother was," Wilson said. "To see him have that drive and he has the belief within himself, and I think that's what makes it better."