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4-year-old boy gets to be part of LVMPD for the day

4-year-old boy gets to be part of LVMPD for day
4-year-old boy gets to be part of LVMPD for day
Posted at 4:36 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 20:33:51-05

A local 4-year-old boy had his wish of being a police officer come true Friday, thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.

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."

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."