‘He’s just living a dream’: Boy’s wish granted, becomes SWAT member

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Richmond Police and Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia granted a 9-year-old Virginia boy his wish of becoming a member of the Richmond SWAT team for a day. 

Matthew Martinez, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, took part in a full day of activities with RPD and Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia Sunday.

The 9-year-old from Troy, Virginia says his wish comes from his admiration for the SWAT team. 

ā€œI watch SWAT members on Lego videos and they are so neat,ā€ he said.  ā€œI want to wear all the SWAT gear and I want them to teach me how to be like them. I want to be part of the SWAT team for the day to get the bad guys.ā€

Martinez took part in a swearing-in ceremony at the RPD Training Academy.

He was also transported in SWAT vehicles to the training facility where SWAT officers showed him how to handles K-9’s and fly their drones — all while decked out in SWAT gear.

“He’s just living a dream,” said Michael Martinez, Matthew’s father. “This is what he wanted to be. He wanted to be a SWAT team member and having the opportunity to do it. He really is a SWAT team member, he was sworn in, he’s training right now. What more could you ask for?”

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