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Teen with life-threatening illness has wish granted, spends day with Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies

13-year-old Iain McGovern hasn't let his diagnosis of a life-threatening illness stop him from dreaming of a career in law enforcement.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: The video above previously aired on 3News on April 15, 2022. 

13-year-old Iain McGovern dreams of becoming a law enforcement officer.

The blow of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness not deterred him from working toward this goal, and a group of local law enforcement agencies recently helped him make his dream a reality through the Northeast Ohio Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Brunswick Police Department and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team coordinated with the non-profit organization to spend the day with McGovern and show him the inner workings of law enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service shared in a press release.

According to the Marshals, McGovern even got to try out using some of the officers’ equipment. He helped run a drone and a tactical robot and made announcements from one of the SWAT team’s armored vehicles, the Marshals Service said.  

“The U.S. Marshals added a true warrior when Iain joined our team,” said Brian Fitzgibbon, chief deputy for the Marshals. “He rode in the SWAT truck, called a fugitive out on the loud-speaker, operated a throw robot, all while equipped with a ballistic vest and helmet. But, most importantly, Iain ignited a spark in the team that will last a lifetime.”   

A Special Wish Foundation is dedicated to granting wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. The Northeast Ohio chapter of the foundation said that it is currently granting the wishes of over 300 children in treatment at area children’s hospitals.

Credit: U.S. Marshals Service
Credit: U.S. Marshalls Service
Credit: U.S. Marshals Service

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