Jackson PD celebrates World Wish Day with Make-A-Wish

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Jackson Police Department is helping Make-A-Wish® Wyoming celebrate World Wish Day during the month of April. World Wish Day celebrates the first wish granted on April 29, 1980 to 7-year-old Chris Greicius of Phoenix, Arizona, who dreamed of being a police officer. Upon learning of Chris’ life-threatening medical condition and his wish, the Phoenix police department took Chris under its wing, making him Arizona’s first and only honorary Department of Public Safety officer. In honor of Chris and his wish, the Jackson Police Department is displaying Make-A-Wish decals on its police vehicles for the entire month of April. "This is the second year we have participated in this program. We are happy to support Make-A-Wish and their efforts to grant wishes to children with life threatening or terminal illnesses," said Lieutenant Cole Nethercott of the Jackson Police Department. "Displaying these decals during the month of April on our police cars is a small way to show our support for not only Make-A-Wish, but for those children in our community that might be facing a life threatening illness and whose future may be uncertain." Police departments in Casper, Cheyenne, Green River, Lander, Laramie, Powell, Rock Springs and Sheridan are also displaying Make-A-Wish decals on their vehicles throughout the month. Chris’ wish was the beginning of the Make-A-Wish organization and the first of more than 350,000 wishes to be granted world-wide. Each year, Make-A-Wish chapters celebrate his wish on April 29 as World Wish Day. *Feature Photo: Jackson PD Officer Travis Gilliam in front of the Make-A-Wish decal on the Jackson Police Department vehicle. h/t Jackson PD