WEATHERFORD - If the badge and the name plate weren't convincing enough, Chandler Davis's handshake sold it.
He's living his dream as a Parker County Sheriff's deputy. Diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease, Chandler's swearing-in ceremony was set up by Western Wishes.
"He's been through so much hard times and troubles, that it's nice to see him with a big smile on his face and see him get this recognition that he deserves," said Chandler's mother, Jennifer Yocham.
Her little deputy has more tests and surgeries ahead, but he's ready for it all, standing tall in his new boots and official uniform.
Even the hardened heroes of the sheriff's posse got a lesson from the four-year-old who is fighting for his life.
"That little boy could teach us a lot," said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler. "He is one tough customer, and he is a welcome addition to the Parker County Sheriff's Office."
Deputy Chandler promised to be ready for the sheriff's call. He wants to catch bad guys.
A man of few words, he let his mom do the talking.
And she says, no matter what happens next, Chandler will be riding high in the saddle.
"Still he keeps fighting with a smile on his face, and just keeps dreaming his dreams." Yocham said.
This all started with a request to ride in last week's Posse Rodeo. Now, Chandler will also get to ride at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, and the PBR Finals in Cheyenne on his birthday next month.