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TYLER'S BIG DAY: Hundreds of police officers, firefighters amass to support 7-year-old Tyler Seddon

March 6, 2014

Seven-year-old Tyler Seddon arrives at Burrillville Police headquarters dressed in his chief’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: There’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 – policemen, firemen, ambulance technicians and soldiers – turned out for a birthday celebration Tyler and his family won’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 Burrillville’s police chief for the day, then escorted by police to Wright’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 who’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.

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