3-year-old Ind. cancer patient becomes youngest deputy

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN/CNN) – There’s a new sheriff’s deputy in Huntington County, Indiana, and he’s the youngest on the force.

How young? He’s three-years-old, to be exact.

Wyatt Schmaltz, who has stage four neuroblastoma, was sworn in by Sheriff Terry Stoffel. The sheriff presented Wyatt with an official uniform, a 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,” said Sheriff Stoffel.

“It is just like a breath of fresh air to get him to do something that isn’t hospital related,” added Wyatt’s mother, April Schmaltz.

Wyatt was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He’s facing surgery to remove a tumor in his abdomen and a fifth round of chemotherapy.

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