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Deputy For A Day: Officers Fulfill Dying 7-Year-Old's Dream

2:54 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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Richland County, SC (WLTX) -- Many kids grow up dreaming of becoming doctors, firefighters and police officers.

For one 7-year-old, that dream may never be fulfilled because he is fighting an inoperable brain tumor. 

Richard Culliver is putting up a tough fight against the disease, which he was with diagnosed last October. His dream is to work in law enforcement, and Wednesday he had the chance to hang out with Richland and Lexington County deputies. He got to see their K-9 dogs and talk with them about how they do their job.

His mother says she treats every day as a gift.

"When you hear your child doesn't have long to live...I didn't even hear that," says Stephanie McMillan. "At first, I just think what do we do to fix him? We tried and when we realized that wasn't going to work, I did everything I could to try and make sure that what time he gets, we build the best memories that we can build for him."

But while he got a lot out of his experience Wednesday, so did the officers who met with him.

"He has more strength than every deputy out here put together," said Captain Joseph Pellicci with the Richland County Sheriff's Department. "So to see that gives you encouragement. And his family--it's just an amazing story."

Hundreds showed up for a fundraiser for Richard back in February. At the event, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts made him an honorary member of the department. 

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