Seven-year-old Tyler Seddon arrives at Burrillville Police headquarters dressed in his chiefâ€™s uniform, escorted by a Burrillville officer and surrounded by members of the media early Thursday.
(Photo by Ernest A. Brown)
BURRILLVILLE -- Bad guys and evildoers beware: Thereâ€™s a new lawman in town and his name is Tyler Seddon.
Sharply dressed in a crisp blue police uniform with a shiny new badge and cap, Tyler, a Pascoag boy battling leukemia, fulfilled his birthday wish Thursday when more than a thousand of his heroes â€“ policemen, firemen, ambulance technicians and soldiers â€“ turned out for a birthday celebration Tyler and his family wonâ€™t soon forget.
And what a celebration it was.
Tyler, a social media sensation who attracted fans from around the world, was sworn in as Burrillvilleâ€™s police chief for the day, then escorted by police to Wrightâ€™s Farm where he and his family were greeted by a sea of uniformed first responders who arrived via three massive convoys numbering 1,500 police cars and nearly 500 fire trucks.
They came from near and far, many bearing gifts, for a boy whoâ€™s only wish for his seventh birthday was a card or two from a few local cops and firemen.
What he got was more than anyone could have imagined.
What started out as a simple Facebook request by his mother a few weeks ago went viral, capturing the hearts of law enforcement agencies and fire departments everywhere.
For full story and photos, see Friday's print edition of The Call.