The Tyler Police Department had two police chiefs on Tuesday.

After Corbin Glasscock, 8, of Tyler, was sworn in Tuesday morning, he sat alongside Chief Jimmy Toler for part of the day and got to witness firsthand the "cool" things that make him want to be a SWAT officer when he grows up. 

He got to wear SWAT gear, including the helmet and shield, and take a look inside the large armored vehicle located at the downtown police station - his favorite part of the day.  

“I can look up (out of the) top, and it’s like bulletproof,” he said excitedly while crawling inside the vehicle.

What Corbin lacks in law enforcement experience he makes up for in courage - which he showed repeatedly the past few years while battling and defeating osteosarcoma - and that helped earn him the role of chief for a day.

Amy Pearson, development officer at Make-A-Wish, said the experience of being chief for a day was donated to the foundation by the Tyler Police Department. The opportunity then was auctioned off during the foundation’s Evening of Wishes event in November and was donated to Corbin.

“I’m very grateful that he’s able to have the opportunity to do this,” Kayla Glasscock, Corbin’s mother said. “With everything that he’s gone through in the last two years, it’s just nice (for him) to be able to enjoy being a kid."

When Corbin was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 6, he was given a 50 percent chance to survive, but he underwent treatment and surgeries and since was declared cancer free.

The community has rallied around the Glasscock family, hosting fundraisers to help the family, and Corbin is a prior recipient of a Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyworld. 

Corbin's latest wish fulfillment Tuesday appeared to be every bit as much fun for the youngster. 

“It’s just cool,” Corbin said of his experience at the police department.

He got to operate a remote-controlled robot used by the special operations team, meet the canine officer, learn about fingerprinting and watch calls being dispatched. Little brother Jaxson, also an apiring police officer, got to tag along and learn from the real police, knowledge likely to help when they play police officer at home, a favorite game of the boys.

Chief Toler said he hoped Corbin left even more inspired to one day pursue a career in law enforcement.

“He is a pleasant young man,” Toler said. “I think he has a chance here to just get a little bit of insight into what we actually do here on a daily basis.”

 

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