6-year-old battling rare cancer becomes a Texas State Trooper

Kyssi Andrews receives honorary title and uniform


HOUSTON – A 6-year-old battling a rare type of cancer became an honorary Texas State Trooper on Monday thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department.

Kyssi Andrews was diagnosed in May 2012 with Wilms' tumor. It's a rare kidney cancer that affects children. She told her mom that it was her dream to keep the roads safe. Monday morning, she was sworn in as an honorary state trooper.

"It's been absolutely an amazing day," Marla Jones, Kyssi's mother, said. "It means the world to me to be able to watch her dreams come true."

Kyssi got to do a radio call, ride in a DPS helicopter and ride in a DPS patrol car - in her very own uniform. She even got to pull someone over and give them a fake ticket.

"She is a prime example not only to myself but all of us sitting here today that we still can fight," one trooper said.

An honor guard and supportive officers were present at the DPS Regional Headquarters on West Road for the ceremony. Besides her new uniform, Kyssi received a giant hat, her very own mini patrol car and a toy doughnut.

She was also issued the title of honorary Houston Police Officer in June.