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DJ Daniel and Randy HargroveHouston County Sheriff Randy Hargrove shakes DJ Daniel’s hand. Photo courtesy of Marsha Cook

Young man is deputized by HCSO

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – “A little kid with a big personality” – that’s how one onlooker described 10-year-old Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel, as the young man was deputized by Houston County Law Enforcement officials.

Daniel, who was diagnosed with terminal brain and spinal cancer, had a dream to be sworn in by a hundred law enforcement agencies as a way to bring awareness to childhood cancer. On Tuesday, February 15, Houston County Sheriff Randy Hargrove, his officers, and Grapeland Police Chief Thomas Shafer did their part to make DJ’s dream come true. Wearing a smaller version of an HCSD uniform, DJ was honored with badges and certificates from both departments. 

While Daniel understands the severity of his disease, it hasn’t slowed him down. Since meeting his 100-mark goal, Daniel now has his sights set on over 400 more law enforcement agencies outside the state of Texas, hoping to become deputized by them as well. One look at his broad grin and exuberant spirit should convince you that Daniel will achieve that goal, too.

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