3-year-old cancer patient becomes youngest sheriff's deputy

(Source: Riley Hospital for Children)
(Source: Riley Hospital for Children)

INDIANAPOLIS (WFIE) - Meet three-year-old Wyatt Schmalz.

He's fighting for his life at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Wyatt has Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.  It's a tumor that originates in the nervous system.

But now he has a new weapon to help him beat the cancer.

On Wednesday, Wyatt was sworn in as a special deputy with the Huntington County, Indiana Sheriff's Department.

He's now the youngest deputy in the country.

"I just lost my wife to cancer 1 1/2 years ago.  This is a real special moment to me.  Real touching and real moving," said Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel.

Sheriff Stoffel also brought Wyatt a uniform shift, altered specially for him, a badge and an ID.

"He's really an icon for courage and living life to its fullest," said Stoffel.

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