Four officers representing the Indiana State Police, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Huntington Police Department traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday morning to swear in a new special deputy.
Drew Dorsett, 10, has been battling Leukemia on and off since the age of two. After radiation and a bone marrow transplant in April, he’s been staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati while receiving treatments several times a week at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
“The special deputy follows the order of the sheriff,” said Chris Newton, HCSD chief deputy, during the ceremony. “At this point, he has one objective. That’s to get better.”
Drew attended “Camp Hero” in Huntington last year, which teaches kids about public safety. He wasn’t able to attend this year due to his condition. When Newton and others heard he would miss the camp, they decided to honor Drew by presenting him with a special deputy badge and ID.
“Even though things are so tragic for him right now, to see him with a smile on his face and doing his daily activities not even worrying about anything else or the illness that he’s dealing with, that’s inspirational for me,” said Newton.
Drew is 83 days into a 100 day round of treatments in Cincinnati. Family said there is no sign of cancer following the bone marrow transplant and his red and white blood cell counts are improving.