Cop for a day: Jalisha’s dream plays out in rescue of St. Louis mascots

ST. LOUIS — Jalisha wants to be a cop. She’s 14, and she knows she wants to help people when she grows up. A noble ambition.

But Jalisha is battling a serious illness — end stage renal disease. It’s a chronic condition in which the kidneys fail, and symptoms include vomiting, nausea, drowsiness, seizures and coma. There are things that can be done to help — medications, kidney dialysis, kidney transplant. Serious stuff, and she’s done it all, including the transplant. And ESRD is the final stage of kidney failure, so there are no certainties. About anything.

Jalisha has a tough road in front of her.

But she wants to be a cop. Of that much she is certain.

On Thursday, a lot of people in St. Louis set about making that happen, if only for a day.

Jalisha showed up Thursday morning at SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital for a doctor’s appointment, or so she thought. But Make-A-Wish Missouri — with the support of St. Louis city and county police, the major sports teams in town and various local companies — had other plans.

Instead, a helicopter was waiting for Jalisha on the hospital’s helipad. It whisked her off to the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy for police training — and the beginning of a day that would help Jalisha fulfill her dream.

Here’s how the day of #OfficerJalisha unfolded.