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My ride to senior prom

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:18 pm, Thu Jun 20, 2019.

Check out who showed up to see 17-year-old Chaaya Jonathan off to her senior prom.

A dozen officers from the 102nd Precinct, including the commander, Deputy Inspector Courtney Nilan, second from left.

Chaaya, a Hillcrest High School senior from Ozone Park, is recovering from leukemia. Despite spending nearly a year in the hospital, she is graduating with her class.

“She never gave up,” said her mom, Indira.

Chaaya’s story caught the ear of officers at the precinct who arranged the prom-night sendoff as a surprise.

“They came up the block with lights and sirens. People thought someone famous was coming,” said her mom.

Chaaya starts in the criminal justice program at Queensborough Community College in the fall.

— Michael Shain
This was updated to correct the name of Chaay's school to Hillcrest High School. 

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