Police Grant Wish of 8-Year-Old Boy With Terminal Illness

NBC4 tagged along as Gardena police surprised 8-year-old "honorary officer" Erick Casillas with some Christmas cheer Friday morning.

By Gordon Tokumatsu and Samia Khan
|  Saturday, Dec 14, 2013  |  Updated 2:45 PM CDT
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Erick Casillas has always wanted to be a police officer. On Friday, the Gardena Police Department made the 8-year-old's dreams come true. NBC4 was there as they delivered some holiday magic to the boy's home. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Gardena for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

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Erick Casillas has always wanted to be a police officer. On Friday, the Gardena Police Department made the 8-year-old's dreams come true. NBC4 was there as they delivered some holiday magic to the boy's home. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Gardena for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

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A Southern California boy with a severe terminal illness was greeted with a special holiday treat on Friday morning – with the help of the Gardena Police Department.

Dozens of officers first visited the home of 8-year-old Erick Casillas on Thursday night, after they had heard the boy wanted to be a police officer someday.

Erick was given a brand new police badge and treated as an honorary officer – but police noticed that something was missing in the family home.

“A Christmas tree. How can you have Christmas without a Christmas tree??” said Police Chief Edward Medrano.

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Erick’s brother Cristian explained that because Erick needs round-the-clock care and can no longer walk, it’s difficult for the family to make time to do anything else.

So Gardena police stepped in to help get the Casillas family home into the holiday spirit.

Friday morning, NBC4 tagged along as police delivered a Christmas tree to the Casillas home, along with lights, ornaments, and even an angel to sit atop the tree.

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The family does not want to disclose what terminal illness Erick is suffering from, but NBC4 was told it recently took a turn for the worse – and that he only has few days left to live.
 

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