5-year-old Texas girl battling leukemia becomes honorary police officer



Gigi Zuniga, 5, was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, but last week, she received an honor to aid in her battle with the deadly cancer. She was named an honorary police officer for the DeSoto Police Department in Texas.

Zuniga underwent a bone marrow transplant two months ago. She once got to blare the siren in a police car, and since then, she has been passionate about all things police, her family said, Fox 4 reported.

DeSoto police officer Tyler Sherman, a family friend, surprised the girl at her Irving, Texas, home with a customized police officer uniform and a badge with her name on it.

“As the Chief of Police in Desoto, I'm going to appoint you an honorary Desoto Police officer,” Chief Joe Costa told Zuniga. “You accept that challenge?”

“I do,” she replied.

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Zuniga is now part of her new family in blue forever, Sherman told Fox 4.

“And anything she ever needs, we'll be right here for her,” he said.

“I had a great day,” Zuniga told Fox4. “I’m going to fight cancer. Beat cancer.”