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Texas police hold funeral procession for 7-year-old honorary officer

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 09:08:37-05

First responders in Texas conducted a funeral procession Tuesday for a 7-year-old girl who was named an honorary police officer before losing her battle to cancer.

Freeport Police Department said Abigail Rose Arias died on November 5. According to multiple news sources, Arias was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2017 and 2018.

During her battle, she bonded with Freeport Police Department Chief Raymond Garivey and said she wanted to grow up to be a police officer.

Earlier this year, the department had a special uniform made for her and made her an honorary police officer. Her swearing-in ceremony was recorded and posted online.

Chief Garivey put a heartfelt message on Facebook last week after her death:

“Abigail, also known as Officer Arias 758, went to be with our Lord early this morning surrounded by her family and friends. 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! I love you Abigail.”

Officers held a funeral procession and escort to memorial services on Tuesday, November 11.