Oneida boy receives wish to be a police officer for a day
TOWN OF GEDDES, N.Y. —
Under the clock tower at the New York State Fair's Chevy Court, Jordan Barahmeh waited while surrounded by friends.
When he'd peak to the left or to the right, his friends were quick to throw up a hand to block his view; he was about to receive a surprise that simply couldn't be spoiled.
Jordan, 13, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. When offered a wish by Make-A-Wish of Central New York, he drew inspiration from his older sister Angel, who's serving as a summer intern with the Oneida Police Department; his wish was to be an Oneida Police Officer for a day.
Monday at the Fair, Make-A-Wish brought Jordan to the Fair under the belief that he was there simply to enjoy the fair and some activities with New York State Troopers. What he didn't know is later that day, under the clock tower at Chevy Court, he was going to receive his wish.
When the time came Monday afternoon, Jordan was finally allowed to see what was happening around him; officers from the Oneida Police Department were there to grant his wish.
"There are a lot of good attributes that make an excellent police officer, "Sgt. Steven Lowell of the department said. "Some of those are bravery, courage and perseverance. We feel that you embody those characteristics, and in helping make your wish become a reality, we would like to invite you to become a police officer for a day with the City of Oneida Police Department."
When asked if he accepted the invitation, Jordan smiled as he quickly nodded his head to say yes.
Sgt. Lowell then presented Jordan with his uniform, complete with a gun belt, to wear when he reports to duty on Tuesday.
In addition, during the ceremony the State Fair presented Jordan with a lifetime pass to the Fair.