LailaMADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/24/19) — A little girl’s dream came true in Madisonville today.

Laila Engel-Deppe, 8, previously told Kids Wish Network that she had gone on a school trip to Madisonville Police Department, and “absolutely fell in love!”

From that day forward, she wants to become a police officer when she grows up, so officers at MPD made that happen this morning at the station downtown.

Laila was provided a custom made MDP uniform shirt along with a police hat to wear before Chief Chris Taylor conducted her swearing-in ceremony.

Lt. Leighann Stroud helped the youth get ready, fitted her with an equipment belt, and then took her for a ride through the city in a squad car, escorted by Officer Jeff Miller on a motorcycle. Officers lined the hall to high-five Laila, who was all smiles as she and her family made their way to the chief’s office. Madisonville Fire Department members were standing outside Station 1 to cheer her on as they headed to the mayor’s office.

Afterward, MPD revealed the young girl was granted a once-in-a-lifetime wish — a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was a complete surprise, as she was under the impression of being a police officer for the day.

Laila was diagnosed three years ago with a life-threatening, rare form of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, causing her to have more than 100 seizures per day. After receiving a special medical implant in February, she is only experiencing one-to-four seizures per week.

Rita Cartwright and Galaxy Sports made the official MPD uniform shirt, and Hoard Custom Signs donated a banner revealed to Laila today that Kids Wish Network is granting her wish to visit Disney World.

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Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, spokesman Brent Lewis said on behalf of the company based in Holiday, Florida. The network’s goal is to improve the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations.

For more information about Kids Wish Network, visit

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