Texas man sheds 200 pounds in quest for dream job as police officer

Chad Dodge (KPRC photo)

KINGWOOD, Texas - Chad Dodge wants to be a police officer.

Specifically, he wants to join the Montgomery County (Texas) Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

"It's a calling," Dodge said.

But there was a huge roadblock. Dodge, 42, had a weight problem

"I was a gallon of sweet tea, a gallon of milk, eight or nine Mountain Dews, a couple of Starbucks a day," Dodge said.

Dodge's weight once topped 470 pounds. That was in late 2016, when Dodge opted for a medical procedure.

"Gastric bypass surgery. That's what it is. So, I have a pouch right here, it collects food and food just falls through," Dodge said.

Adding diet and exercise, the pounds began to come off.

"I'm less than half of what I was, and what's funny is, that was the biggest goal, I guess. Along the way, I made goals and tried to create a new one before I reached one because I didn't want to get lazy," he said.

He signed up at Houston Community College's Northeast Campus Police Academy. Graduating ten months later, he was chosen to address his fellow students at a graduation ceremony.

He currently weighs about 230 pounds.

And that application for his dream job? It was accepted. And on Tuesday, Dodge was was officially sworn as a deputy for the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable.

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