A 12-year old Boyle Heights boy with leukemia became a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy to fulfill his career dreams. Alfonso Hoffman was sworn-in Wednesday as a K9 deputy for just a day.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department, Hoffman was appointed as an honorary LASD Transit Policing Explosives Detection K9 Deputy for a Day. The department reports Hoffman took the job “very seriously” to work with law enforcement dogs Xxara and Hhatton. A video posted on social media shows Hoffman gettting hands on practice with the dogs, holding the leash as the canine sniffed bags to find the training target:

ABC 7 reports Hoffman faces three years of cancer treatments. The boy received similar honors from the California Highway Patrol last month.

Photo above: Courtesy of California Highway Patrol.

Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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