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14-year-old granted Make-A-Wish dream to be a police officer

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (WKRC/KMOV) -- Fourteen-year-old Jalisha Pegues loves reading and cooking, and when she grows up, she wants to be a cop.

Jalisha, from St. Louis, is also battling End Stage Renal Disease. Today, Make-A-Wish Missouri granted her wish to become a police officer for a day.

Just like any other day, Jalisha showed up to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center this morning for a doctor's appointment.

Instead, a helicopter took her to the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy for her first stop--training. Upon arrival, Jalisha was presented with a police uniform and official badge.

{PIC} Jalisha begins K9 training with St. Louis police. Photo: Twitter / @MakeAWishMO

Her experience at the Academy included a Defensive Tactics exam, a handcuffing tutorial and interaction with a K9 unit.

Then, Jalisha received a call from Mayor Francis Slay's office that her help was needed downtown. All three St. Louis sports mascots - Rampage, Louie and Fredbird - were being held hostage somewhere in the city. Jalisha has been making use of her police training to search for tips and interview witnesses to get to the bottom of the case.

According to Make-A-Wish Missouri, as she investigated, Jalisha traveled around town to the Edward Jones Dome, Scottrade Center, Ballpark Village and Busch Stadium.

A celebration in honor of Jalisha's work was held later that evening where she was joined by the St. Louis County Chief of Police, Jon Belmar, and County Executive Charlie Dooley, who presented her with a token of appreciation.


Source: KMOV-TV

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