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Teen Battling Aggressive Cancer Becomes Police Detective for a Day


Sixteen-year-old Sean Dixon was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer, and despite going through over 50 rounds of chemotherapy and getting his leg amputated because of the disease, he has continued to fight not only for his life but for his life-long dream of becoming a police detective.

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Sean P. Dixon

To celebrate his 16th birthday, the New York’s Suffolk County Police Department invited the teenager to become a police detective for a day, complete with his own identification card and a badge.

“It was pretty great. I got to see all the different types of things that go on in the police department and it was really nice that they were able to get that together. They made a dream become a reality. It was something I’ll never forget,” Dixon told ABC News.

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Sean P. Dixon

Dixon’s interest in detective work was inspired by his grandfather, John Henderson, who served the Nassau County Police Department for more than three decades, as well as family friend detective Ed Troyano who initiated the “detective for a day” surprise.

The 16-year-old’s work day schedule was packed – working with experts in the evidence, discussing cases with fellow detectives, working with K-9 units, and spending time with 911 dispatcher listening to calls.

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Sean P. Dixon

Dixon’s condition is undoubtedly serious but his zest for life and positive outlook help him to continue fighting.

“It’s been hard and long journey, but of course I’m positive. I want to beat this and just want to get better. I’m trying to continue my life and make everything as best as it can be,” Dixon said.

Sean P. Dixon

The teenager learned so much about the life he wished to live in the future because of the exercise. However, Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said that the members of the police department also learned a lot from Sean. “We also learned what Sean was all about. He’s about hope, determination and he’s certainly inspired the members of the department,” said Sini.

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