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Make-A-Wish Child Announced as New APD S.W.A.T. Team Member

APD and Make a Wish New Mexico work together to make 10-year old's dream come true.

(Albuquerque, N.M., FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014, 10 am) Andrew Martines, age 10, has wished to become an Albuquerque Police Department (APD) S.W.A.T. officer. APD and Make-A-Wish® New Mexico have worked together to create a full action packed scenario for Andrew’s Wish beginning at 10 am at the downtown police station in the Chief’s Conference Room. 


Andrew will receive his uniform, ID badge and be sworn in by the chief of police, Gorden Eden, to become a member of the S.W.A.T. team.  Andrew will be introduced to the idea of the “Sunday Morning Bandit” thief that has been terrorizing Albuquerque who will be played by a local stuntman, Matt Christmas.


(Albuquerque, N.M., SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014, 7:45 am)  Andrew will be awakened by a call from APD needing his help to catch the “Sunday Morning Bandit”.  He will be picked up at his home and taken to the east parking lot at Wilson Stadium (Lomas and Chelwood Park) where Air 1 will pick him up and search the skies for the bandit via helicopter.   They will then land at Cutter Aviation (located at the Albuquerque Sunport), where he will be escorted by a multijurisdictional motorcade to make the capture, of course with a few stops along the way, including donuts and coffee.  


At approximately 9:30 am Andrew will see the “Sunday Morning Bandit” and make the capture, at Taylor Park (Indian School and Pennsylvania).  Once he has apprehended the thief Andrew will make the arrest and send him off to jail.  After saving the city he will be awarded the title of police chief and honored by Gorden Eden. 


Make-A-Wish® New Mexico grants the fondest wishes of children that have a life threatening medical condition to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  Andrew’s Wish is a unique Wish because it is an opportunity for the community to get involved as we are encouraging participation at the take down of the “Sunday Morning Bandit”.  APD has gone above and beyond to make this Wish happen and to make the day special for Andrew.