Dozens of Freeport officers gathered their patrol vehicles before noon today, Nov.5, to transport 7-year-old officer Abigail Arias’s body to the funeral home. The honorary Freeport police officer and Texas Ranger has died.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Abigail Arias, the child who became an officer, a change agent for good and today, an Angel. Abigail, also known as Officer Arias 758, went to be with our Lord early this morning surrounded by her family and friends,” Freeport Police wrote on their Facebook post.
The story of Abigail touched the heart of anyone who heard of it. Three years ago, doctors found a stage four Wilms tumor wrapped around her aorta. The 4-year-old at that time underwent 80 rounds of chemotherapy to shrink and remove the tumor. However, doctors later discovered Abigail was allergic to one of the therapies used, according to KHOU11.
Her cancer was in remission for the next five months, but the same cancer came back and spread to both of her lungs. At that point, her cancer was terminal.
As little as she was, Abigail made up her mind that she was going to live life to the fullest and fulfill her dreams of becoming a police officer.
“They (the cancer) beat up my body,” Abigail said. “So, I want to help the bad guys go away.”
In December 2018, her family took her to meet Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey. The chief could not forget the first time he met Abigail.
“She (said) I want to be a police officer,” Garivey said. “I looked back at her dad and said she probably shouldn’t have told me that. He kind of winked at me and I said we’re going to make that happen.”
And 18 minutes after being sworn in at the Freeport Police Department, 6-year-old Abigail became the newest officer. Dozens around Brazoria County chipped in and donated a custom uniform, food, police patches, challenge coins, and more to make Abigail’s day special.
“It felt neat inside my heart and inside my body I felt excitement and all of (the) love,” Abigail said.
In her first week at work, people from all over the world sent letters to express their admiration and support for her. She also received police challenge coins from several police departments, including the New York City Police Department.
A few weeks later, Abigail and her family traveled to Austin to be sworn in as an honorary Texas Ranger. She was given a Texas Ranger hat, badge, and proclamation proving that she was a member. Dennis Bonnen, speaker of the Texas House said it was one of his most memorable days in the Statehouse.
“In 20 years, the top,” he said. “Getting to do things for kids like Abigail is special.”
In March 2019, Officer Abigail teamed up with police dog handler Madison Dupree, whose dad died of cancer, to win the K-9 competition at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a contest for which she never trained for.
In April, Abigail’s parents shared on Facebook that her cancer nodules had doubled in size. Yet, despite the pain from her cancer and countless surgeries, Abigail continued to fight.
She even started a foundation to help other children with cancer and visited the White House, thanks to an invitation from the Secret Service.
You will be missed, little officer Abigail!