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10-Year-Old Terminal Cancer Patient Becomes Honorary Member of University Police Departments

Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel became an honorary member of the University of Houston (UH), University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) and University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Police Departments during a special ceremony held on Monday, Feb. 21.

The 10-year-old, whose wish was to become a peace officer, is battling terminal brain and spine cancer. He has already been sworn into nearly 240 law enforcements agencies across the state of Texas, far surpassing his original goal of 100.

Police Chiefs Ceaser Moore, Jr. (UH), Russell Miller (UHCL) and Casey Davis (UHD) led the ceremonial swearing-in and presented DJ with an Oath of Honorary Appointment from their respective departments, as well as departmental patches and other commemorative gifts.

“It's important that we take every opportunity to support, love and protect, the community we serve,” Chief Davis said. “DJ is special and is an inspiration to more people than he will ever realize.”


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.