GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 4-year-old Ionia County boy diagnosed with terminal cancer was sworn in as an honorary deputy sheriff on Thursday.
Peyton Dennis was presented with his oath of office certificate and received a deputy sheriff badge and arm patch from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s office said. He also got the chance to radio dispatchers, try on a bulletproof vest, sit in a patrol car and operate a remote-control robot, among other experiences.
Peyton has diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a tumor that’s located in the middle of his brain stem. His birthday is in April, and his family fears he may not live to see it.
Thursday, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said Peyton’s “strength, personality and honesty” were inspiring.