SAN ANGELO, Texas – A Concho Valley officer has turned his story of trial into triumph, by battling cancer before achieving his dream.
When you look at Officer Hurst, you probably can’t see or even imagine what he’s gone through to execute his long-lived wish.
“He has had struggles in his life from an early age, that most people wouldn’t be able to handle,” stated Cinnamon Carter, who is an Art Teacher at Junction Independent School District.
Mr. and Mrs. Carter are like second parents to Anthony Hurst.
“I just love the Carters, they’ve been there for me since I was in high school. They took me in my senior year, they raised me as their own and they treat me as one of their own,” expressed Anthony Hurst who is a Peace Officer with the Ballinger Police Department.
All Hurst wanted to be in life, was a police officer.
However, during his enrollment in the 72nd class of the Concho Valley Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Academy, he had to put his dream on hold.
“They were like, ‘we think you have bronchitis,’ and they ran some more tests, and they said, ‘we think you have lymphoma,’ and I just balled crying because you never want to hear that,” explained Hurst.
He had a rare form of cancer that developed into a germ-cell tumor and it grew rapidly.
“The chemo just wiped him out. He lost, in a month, 45-pounds. He was sick, and he tried because I watched him do it but it was just too much. So, he dropped out of the academy and was going to start that following year,” mentioned Carter.
Still, Hurst did not lose hope, he re-joined the academy for the 74th class and after he became cancer free.
“I didn’t think it was possible, I was like, ‘I don’t think I want to come to the academy if it’s this much trouble, maybe God wants me to do something else.’ In the end, I didn’t want to give up on my dream. I’ve been dreaming of this ever since I was a little kid,” claimed Hurst.
On May 24, 2019, Anthony Hurst achieved his goal of becoming a peace officer, even through his circumstances.
“It’s been quite a journey for him, but he’s one tough kid and he always does it with a smile, always,” insisted Carter.
“You can always accomplish your dream, it’s always possible,” declared Hurst.