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Son of Fallen Texas Officer Gets the Gift of a Lifetime from the Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys sure know how to treat their fans – especially a 9-year-old boy from Texarkana. Having heard that Caden Sprague had lost his father (a Texarkana police officer) in the line of duty, the Cowboys invited him to attend their Oxnard, California training camp for four days this month! Flying out on July 26, Sprague was also surprised with a helmet signed by former Cowboys player Jason Witten (his favorite!).

Son of Fallen Texas Officer Gets the Gift of a Lifetime from the Dallas Cowboys

Photo: Facebook/Texarkana Texas Police Department

Sprague’s father was killed in the line of duty at the age of 30, back in 2013. The killer struck him and fled the scene, while he was investigating a call. Sprague was four years-old when he lost his father. The killer is now behind bars, but the pain of that loss continues to be felt. His mother, Stephanie West, has since remarried but works tirelessly to help her son as he grows up without his real father. West said that telling her son his father had died was unimaginable, but that she’s tried to discover ways to help him cope.

Son of Fallen Texas Officer Gets the Gift of a Lifetime from the Dallas Cowboys

Photo: Facebook/Texarkana Texas Police Department

For Sprague’s 10th birthday (coming up in August), he requested a tour of Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys are the boy’s favorite team in the NFL. His mom made contact with the Texas Municipal Police Association to try to arrange for a tour. However, the association representative, Clint McNear, decided that touring an empty building wasn’t enough. He connected with the Cowboys and arranged to have Sprague visit their training camp and coordinated with Southwest Airlines to fly the family for free. At the same time, dozens of officers throughout the Lone Star State raised over $3K toward their hotel accommodations, meals, and a rental car. McNear told the press it was the least he could for Sprague, stating it’s tough for a young boy to lose his, his hero, so early in life. As for Sprague’s reaction to the whole thing, he was quoted by wfaa.com as saying “It’s amazing. How ’bout them Cowboys!”