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Wish come true: Boy becomes honorary APD officer, arrests bandit

Updated: 07/20/2014 11:01 PM | Created: 07/20/2014 10:58 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A 10-year-old Albuquerque boy with Muscular Dystrophy became a SWAT officer and the chief of the Albuquerque Police Department all in one day.

He also caught a bandit terrorizing the city—It was all part of his wish, granted by APD and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Andrew Martines sat with family and friends on Sunday morning, patiently and quietly waiting for his call to duty.

He suited up in SWAT gear and then came the call.  He was told they need his help immediately to catch the "Sunday Mornin' Bandit".

"Let's get out of here! Let's do it buddy! Let's go," his family shouts as Andrew's mom takes him outside.

The cop cars drive their lead officer to Wilson Stadium to take a chopper. Chief Gorden Eden says they've got to get up above the city to search for the bandit.

"Andrew is the key to the success of capturing that notorious bandit," Eden said.

At Taylor Park, Andrew arrives to find the bandit trying to escape.

"Get that bandit, Andrew!" the crowd cheers.

The bashful boy then comes out of his shell.

"Get on the ground, on your belly! " he says to the bandit.

Surrounded by the officers he looks up to and cheered on by the people he loves, Andrew's dream came true, if even just for a day.


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