Wish granted: 10-year-old joins Cobb police, fire for a day

Arya Patel arrives at the Cobb County Police Training Center in a Cobb Police Department BearCat SWAT vehicle with his parents and Cobb officers for his swearing-in as a Cobb Police officer and Cobb firefighter for the day on Friday. Patel, who has osteosarcoma, wished to be a police officer for the day, and Make-A-Wish Georgia partnered with Cobb to make that wish come true.

Credit: Jake Busch

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Arya Patel arrives at the Cobb County Police Training Center in a Cobb Police Department BearCat SWAT vehicle with his parents and Cobb officers for his swearing-in as a Cobb Police officer and Cobb firefighter for the day on Friday. Patel, who has osteosarcoma, wished to be a police officer for the day, and Make-A-Wish Georgia partnered with Cobb to make that wish come true.

AUSTELL — A 10-year-old boy had his wish come true when he was sworn in as a member of both the Cobb County Police and Fire departments.

Arya Patel, who has osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, spent the day motivating officers, fighting crime and running drills with firefighters as part of Make-a-Wish Georgia’s effort to turn his dream of being a police officer into reality.

“It makes me happy and it makes the other people that are in the hospital happy and not be scared,” Patel said of his day.

Arya Patel, saluting, with his father Paresh, mother Sangitaben, Cobb Public Safety Director Michael Register, Cobb Commissioner Keli Gambrill and Cobb Fire Department Chief Bill Johnson. (Photo Courtesy of Jake Busch)

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Patel said his passion for police work stems from a desire to save people from being hurt and killed.

“I’ve seen police officers catching bad guys ... so I’d love to be a police officer,” Patel said. “I feel a little nervous, but I’m going to be brave.”

The young man received a true hero’s welcome at the Cobb Police Training Center on May 17, arriving in a SWAT BearCat vehicle behind a police motorcade.

Various Cobb police vehicles with flashing lights lined the parking lot as the motorcade drove in, and a pair of officers set off smoke machines to welcome Patel and his parents, Paresh and Sangitaben, to the center.

Cobb Police officers lined the entryway to the Cobb Police Training Center for 10-year-old Arya Patel, the department’s newest member through Make-A-Wish Georgia. (Photo Courtesy of Jake Busch)

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Upon walking into the building, the family was greeted by two rows of cheering police officers and staff lining Patel’s path to the auditorium where he would be sworn in.

In the training center auditorium, those officers and staff, in addition to police recruits, watched as Cobb Public Safety Director Michael Register and Cobb Fire Chief Bill Johnson swore Arya into the police and fire departments, respectively.

Patel was dressed in a custom-fitted police uniform, including badge and belt. He also received a framed 100th anniversary police badge and his own Cobb Fire badge after taking the oath.

Cobb Public Safety Director Michael Register swears in 10-year-old Arya Patel arrived at the Cobb Police Training Academy Friday, May 17. (Photo Courtesy of Jake Busch)

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Then it was off to save the day and make forever memories for Patel and his parents.

Register said after the swearing-in ceremony that it was special to be a part of making the boy’s wish come true.

“At the heart of public safety is how we impact people’s lives,” Register said. “How impactful it is to impact a young person’s life like we did today with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”


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