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Marion Co. deputizes 9-year-old fighting leukemia

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(courtesy Marion Co. Sheriff's Office) (courtesy Marion Co. Sheriff's Office)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

There was a new deputy in town in Marion County, though he might be a bit younger others in the department.

Undersheriff Troy Clausen swore in 9-year-old Nate Samoylich as a special deputy for the day.

Nate has leukemia, and his dream has always been to become a police officer.

Not only did Nate get a uniform and badge, but he was quickly called down to the courthouse to provide security.

He also patrolled the streets, hung out with the SWAT team and played with K-9s.

"Today we made a dream come true and there is no better feeling," Sergeant Jason Hickam said.

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