Officers answer call of sick child in Rhode Island

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — First responders across the country and from here in the Valley are helping fulfill the birthday wish of a 7-year-0ld boy from Rhode Island.

Tyler Seddon is battling leukemia for the second time. His mother, Rachel, said Tyler is fascinated with everything about policemen and firefighters, so she set up a website asking first responders from all over the area to send birthday cards to her son.

That message reached officers in Warren, where on Monday they sent a care package with a card, a police uniform and an I.D. badge making Tyler an honorary Warren police officer.

“A lot of young boys want to be police and firemen when they grow up and we want to fulfill their dreams. And by sending them a few little trinkets, if that can do anything, we are more than willing to do that,” said Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel. “We ended up sending him one of the hats we wear in the cold weather and a patch, and a little pin along with some trading cards with our K-9 officer on it.”

Red Diamond Uniform in Austintown donated the Warren police uniform for Tyler. On March 6, which is Tyler’s birthday, he will be chief for the day in his hometown of Burrillville, while some 200 police and firefighters will take part in a massive caravan to wish him a happy birthday in person.

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