Boy battling leukemia gets to be police chief for a day

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A seven-year-old Rhode Island boy battling leukemia for the second time got the birthday surprise of a lifetime.

Tyler Seddon, who turned 7 on Thursday, asked that his heroes — police officers — send him birthday cards as his present. Word got out of the boy’s wish and officers, as well as firefighters, rescue workers and military members, from around the country did much more than send cards.

Tyler was made the Burrillville Police Department chief for a day and officers from Ohio to New Hampshire were in attendance to see him become a member of the force.

Additionally, Tyler’s mother said officers brought all kinds of gifts, ranging from cards to patches to uniforms and more. She said the family has a 10-foot by 20-foot storage unit that is half full with gifts Tyler received.

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