Santa Fe Police make 6-year-old cancer patient’s dream come true

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Santa Fe Police Department did something pretty cool for a little boy who’s been battling a cancer. The 6-year-old now has some serious backup.

Johnny Snyder’s face lit up outside the Santa Fe Police Department as he sat in a SWAT truck.

“This is so wonderful,” his mother, Diana, said. “We’ve been fighting this for about a year now.”

Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia.

“He’s so brave. It’s amazing. He’s my hero,” Diana said.

So the City of Santa Fe made his day special, giving him a police uniform. “Even the whistle,” Johnny said, as he admired his uniform. He also received a miniature police car personalized with Johnny’s name and the SFPD logo.

But that’s not all. Mayor Javier Gonzales issued a proclamation.

“Whereas your sacrifice is felt and honored by all members of the community, and whereas the City of Santa Fe is very, very proud of you, now, I, Javier M. Gonzales, mayor of the city of Santa Fe, do hereby proclaim June 29, 2015, as Johnny Snyder Day in the City of Santa Fe,” he said.

“You have your own day just named for you,” Gonzales told Johnny.

He then took an oath to become an honorary police officer. “Congratulations, welcome aboard young man,” said Chief Eric Garcia told Johnny.

Johnny then hit the track in his miniature police car and received a special surprise birthday party, complete with pizza from Little Caesars and cake. Smith’s and Albertsons donated drinks, according to the SFPD.

“Having a young kid myself, it touches home and I can’t imagine what he’s going through and the family’s going through,” said Officer Lisa Champlin.

Johnny’s cancer is in remission, but he still has three more years of chemotherapy.

“He doesn’t live a normal life right now. He will. He will, but we’re at the stages of just seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” Johnny’s mom explained.

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