Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel was a young boy with a big dream. Despite his diagnosis with terminal brain and spine cancer, he never lost his love for law enforcement and always wanted to become a police officer. His family knew about his dream and wanted to make it come true, so on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, they reached out to the Austin County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jack Brandes, after hearing from DJ’s family, was more than happy to swear him in as an Honorary Deputy. He replied to the family, asking, “Why hasn’t Devarjaye come sooner, of course we will!”

On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, DJ’s dream finally came true. He was sworn in as an Honorary Deputy with the Austin County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Brandes stood by DJ’s side as he recited the oath, officially making him a member of the Austin County Sheriff’s Office.

DJ was overjoyed and couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear as he put on his new deputy uniform. He was finally a police officer, even if it was only an honorary title. DJ’s family was also extremely happy and proud of their son’s achievement.

Sheriff Brandes stated, “I am extremely honored to swear Devarjaye in as an Honorary Deputy with the Austin County Sheriff’s Office.” He knew that DJ would make a great addition to the team and was grateful to have him on board.

Despite his illness, DJ never lost his passion for law enforcement. His bravery and determination touched the hearts of everyone at the Austin County Sheriff’s Office, and he will always be remembered as an Honorary Deputy.


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