We go back to November 2019 to tell the story of the 7-year old honorary officer Abigail Rose Arias.
Abigail was first diagnosed with stage 4 Wilms' tumor in February 2017. She began treatment at Texas Children's Hospital, where she went through 90 rounds of chemotherapy, in addition to eight consecutive days of radiation and surgery to remove the tumor. She fought strong but the cancer returned in April 2018.
A few months later, Abigail and her family met with the Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey and they bonded. Abigail told Chief Ray Garivey that she wanted to become a police officer when she grew up - and so her wish was granted. Chief Garivey reached out to an organization in Pearland called Cop Stop and asked for a custom Freeport police uniform made especially for Abigail. She even got her own pink handcuffs with her name printed on them. She was sworn in on Feb. 7, 2019, surrounded by loved ones and officers from several different agencies around Texas. "Her spirit, her toughness, her will to survive, that's what (we believe in)," Garivey said during the ceremony. She became known on the job as Officer Arias 758.
The honorary officer Arias put up a fight and lived her life to the fullest during her battle, but tragedy came and the cancer spread to both of her lungs. She died on November 5, 2019. Chief Garivey said, “Her love, compassion, and most importantly, her magnanimous spirit, will live on for generations to come. It’s both our duty and privilege to embody what Abigail taught us: to live life to the fullest, to never give up hope no matter the odds, to fight “the bad guys” passionately, and most importantly, to love one another - and always Stay Relentless!” A classmate of her’s said, “Abigail's soul was pure life.”
At Thin Blue Line USA, it was our privilege and honor to create something special in memory of Abigail. We crafted Abigail Coins and donated them to the Freeport Police Department who then gifted them during the holidays.
We remember & honor Officer Arias 758. Thank you for reading about her story.
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