Waco: Boy dresses up as sheriff for Halloween, gets thrilling surprise

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) There’s a new sheriff in town...at least for a night.

(Photo courtesy of Charlotte and Parnell McNamara)

Charlie Stewart, 7, of Waco, didn’t want to dress up as a ghost or goblin for Halloween; he wanted to be McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

On Tuesday, the second grader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School came to the Waco courthouse wearing a badge, boots, and a cowboy hat and approached a deputy Sheriff.

He told them he was Sheriff Parnell McNamara, and he wanted a picture next to a Sheriff's unit.

That's when deputies called their boss.

"He was dead set on being Sheriff," said McNamara.

McNamara came to the courthouse with a message for his young fan.

“I said, ‘excuse me sir, I hear there’s a new sheriff in town!'" McNamara said to Stewart. “’I’ve been wanting to meet you.’”

The Sheriff took a photo with Stewart, framed it, and wrote a message on it which reads, “To Charlie Stewart – my newest Deputy and member of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Posse. Your friend, Sheriff Parnell McNamara.”

McNamara said he’s going to surprise Stewart with the framed photograph on Thursday and will make him an honorary deputy of the department.