INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN/CNN) – There’s a new sheriff’s deputy in Huntington County, IN.
Three-year-old Wyatt Schmaltz, who has stage 4 neuroblastoma, was sworn in Wednesday as the county's youngest sheriff’s deputy.
Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel presented Wyatt with an official uniform, badge and special powers.
“This boy is symbolic of what Camp Hero stands for. Courage, honor, integrity, laughing, living life to its fullest even though the chips are down,” Stoffel said.
“It is just like a breath of fresh air to get him to do something that isn't hospital-related,” Wyatt’s mother, April Schmaltz said.
Wyatt was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He is facing surgery to remove a tumor in his abdomen and a fifth round of chemotherapy.
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