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Video: Boy's Make A Wish to 'blow stuff up' granted in explosive fashion

Twelve-year-old Declan's request to the foundation packed a punch, but the Australian Federal Police were happy to comply.

Declan certainly has an excellent candidate for a debut album cover, if it comes to that.

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Declan certainly has an excellent candidate for a debut album cover, if it comes to that.

When we hear about the Make A Wish Foundation, many of us likely conjure images of joyous flights to Disneyworld or Justin Bieber sweetly swinging by a hospital.

That’s because we are not like Declan. When Declan hears Make A Wish, Declan thinks “blow stuff up.”

The 12-year-old Australian boy, who is in remission from leukemia, made that very request when his turn at the wish wheel came up.

“What inspired Declan’s wish, I think, was for him to do something different and something to take his mind off his illness,” said his mother, Belinda.

Enter the Australian Federal Police Specialist Response Group.

The tactical squad ferried Declan to their Canberra training ground in a protective convoy, and boy did stuff get blown up. It got blowed up real good.

“To be involved in something like this is a special opportunity to get involved with someone who is having a tough time,” said Sgt. Peter Murphy after Declan’s day of detonations. “If we can do anything to brighten their day or give them a happy experience, then we’re more than happy to do that.”

Murphy added that Declan certainly had an “aptitude” for explosive breaches and could even have a future with the team.

The day was capped off with a visit from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but Declan could be forgiven for considering that to be a little less of a thrill.