If you could wish for anything, would you choose dusting for fingerprints and analyzing your own DNA? Wish kid Liam did! This fall, with the help of Make-A-Wish Virginia and the FBI, Liam's wish to visit the forensic science and crime labs in Fredricksburg and Quantico came true.
At 15-years-old, Liam has always wanted to be a K9 police officer. Due to his medical condition and the nature of law enforcement, he knew this would never be a viable option. Never one to be discouraged, Liam shifted his sights to working behind the scenes, and received some very valuable experience while on his wish.
His three incredible days at FBI headquarters involved learning to process a crime scene and then analyzing his findings. He matched fingerprints and DNA samples, guided an emergency response robot, played with the bloodhounds in a K9 unit, and watched an intense training scenario on the Quantico base. He even used a battering ram to break down a door.
“This wish was life-changing!” says Liam’s mom. “We met people and did things that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”