PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department employed its youngest officer for his first assignment Saturday. The rookie had the mock assignment of catching the kidnappers who abducted his brother.
His brother was not really kidnapped but rookie officer Darius Lee got to participate as part of his wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Phoenix Police Dept. was happy help make Lee's dream of becoming a police officer for a day a reality.
"This is one of the best parts of the job...being able to fulfill a wish like this for Darius. It's incredible," said T.J. Martin, Commander of the Tactical Support Bureau.
Darius even got to make an arrest after he caught the "perpetrators" that "kidnapped" his brother.
"I'm just so ecstatic for him that he got to have his wish granted," said mother Andrea Lee. "It's something that he's been talking about since he learned it in school and he just gravitated to police officers so it's good to have a child who wants to do something good."
The day was a huge boost for Lee who was born with a blood disorder which forces him to endure hospital stays for months at a time.
“It has been two months since we had to deal with any sickness or been in the hospital,” said mom Andrea Lee. “So he’s been having…a great two months so far, no shots, no IV fluids, or anything like that.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation serves children with life-threatening medical conditions and reaches more than 250,000 children around the world to fulfill their one true wish. It was started in Phoenix in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his wish to become a police officer.