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IRVING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The cops are supposed to be there when you need them and they sure were for a 6 year old Irving boy.
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They answered the call and helped a sick child beat cancer.
When he insisted on wearing a cop costume every day for a week, it became clear from an early age what Bennett Hernandez wanted to be when he grew up.
“Because I can catch the bad guys, beat them and take them to jail,” Bennett said.
But over the summer, the child’s dreams of becoming a police officer were put on hold.
“And I came home and looked at him that day, and I said, ‘Oh my God,’ that was on his right side, just a huge, huge bump,” said the Bennett’s mother, Raynie Hernandez.
That lump on Bennett’s neck turned out to be cancer.
“You hear cancer and immediately think of the worst,” Raynie said.
Weeks of chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Medical Center quickly followed.
Meanwhile, retired Dallas officer Jerry Rhodes has sent a message to departments around the world asking for police patches to boost Bennett’s morale.
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“There was one day, he received 22 packages in the mail.
Patches, hats, shirts, blankets started to arrive every day.
“It really helped distract him, a lot of letters I think people wrote to him about the cancer they had been through,” Raynie said.
The response was so overwhelming that Bennett and his parents still didn’t have time to go through it all.
Care packages from hundreds of police departments, some from as far away as Ireland.
Now, thanks to his medical care and the support of law enforcement around the world, Bennett has rang the bell at Children’s after his last treatment left him cancer-free.
“It was a euphoric moment to really see how excited he was,” said Fernan Hernandez, Bennett’s father.
Bennett can now go back to being a simple boy.
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And if his dreams change often, at least he will always have a memory of when his friends in blue were there for him.