Boy Battling Cancer Wants Patches from His Law Enforcement Heroes

An Indiana boy in the fight of his life is calling for a bit of backup from the world’s law enforcement agencies.

According to WTTV, Jeremiah Derks, 12, of Kokomo, Ind., was diagnosed with cancer in July, had surgery last month and is currently weathering chemotherapy.

A visit from Howard County sheriff’s deputies, during which he was made an honorary deputy, and the gift of a patch from Kokomo police spurred the idea to start collecting patches from departments far and wide.

The patches started rolling in after his mother, Alisha Derks, posted about her son’s wish. “We can’t be more thankful because we honestly needed the help with him to keep him upbeat and positive,” she said.

Calling law enforcement “heroes to everybody,” Jeremiah, who dreams of becoming a police officer, has received patches from as far away as Germany.

Send Jeremiah Dirks a patch:

229 Luke Court
Kokomo, IN 46901

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