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Law enforcement agencies invite Silverton girl fighting cancer along for training

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As police, firefighters and other emergency personnel from all across the state gathered in Salem Thursday for training, they were joined by a very special guest: a 7-year-old Silverton girl fighting cancer.

Rianna is battling AML leukemia and is a Children's Cancer Association patient. Thanks to a special bond she's made through the CCA, law enforcement agencies came together to give her an unforgettable day.

Seven-year-old Rianna and Multnomah County sheriff's Deputy Nick Bohrer met through the Children's Cancer Association, where Bohrer volunteers. 

After becoming quick friends, Bohrer and others helped set up the day of fun for Rianna to see some of the people she admires most at work. 

"So today we're having SWAT, K-9, various medical out here to show her what we do in our line of work," said Bohrer. 

Her big day kicked off with an ambulance ride to Salem where the training was set up, and she learned to triage a teddy bear on the way. 

Then, Rianna had show-and-tell with a Life Flight helicopter. Next, she got to check out the fire trucks and patrol cars and everything inside them. 

Rianna also got to check out SWAT vehicles and K-9s at work, but her favorite part was going up on the Salem Fire ladder. 

When asked how it felt going up more than 100 feet in the air, she replied, "Scary."

Rianna's mom, dad and her brother Noah also got to join in all the events that had volunteers donating their time and resources from all over the state, from Portland to Eugene and even all the way to Medford. 

"We're overwhelmed by the people that have put this together, the time and effort, to make this a really special day for Rianna," said her dad, Peter Riegelmann. 

They hope their daughter realizes how special she is, that so many people would come together to give her this unforgettable day.

"We keep telling her that maybe she'll actually understand it more when she grows up, how nobody really gets to do this, you know, it's really special," said Rianna’s mom, Lori Riegelmann. 

The events continue on Friday, when the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be giving Rianna a medal of courage.

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