Many traveling great distances for Tyler Seddon B-Day Celebration
By: Samantha Lavien
The big day for soon to be 7-year-old Tyler Seddon is almost here.
Hundreds of first responders will be heading to Rhode Island on Thursday for the Burrillville boy's massive birthday celebration. Tyler will be sworn in as Police Chief for the Day in Burrillville and a huge convoy of first responders will greet him at Wrights Farm.
This all began after Tyler's mother requested cards from first responders for his birthday. Tyler is battling cancer for the second time, and the request to help make his birthday extra special has since gone viral.
Though most of the first responders planning on coming out are from New England several made the trip from all across the country.
“Like a lot of people I read Tyler's story online,” said Sgt. Jamey Kidd with the Kentucky State Police. “But, it kind of touched me a little more personal having a little boy the same age as Tyler.”
Sgt. Kidd arrived in the area on Wednesday after a 14 hour drive from Kentucky.
Among the gifts he brought with him a framed certificate naming Tyler an honorary state trooper, a painting from the mother of a fallen officer and a special souvenir from the Animal Planet star known as Turtle Man.
“A lot of thought has went into this,” said Kidd.
Many other police officers and firefighters are also traveling great distances for Tyler's birthday. Among them Firefighter John Straseskie who arrived Wednesday night after a 10 hour drive from Virginia Beach.
“His birthday is also my birthday so I couldn't think of a better way to spend my birthday,” said Straseskie.
He brought with him all sorts of presents including a special helmet from a retired district chief who is a cancer survivor.
“Included with the helmet is a nice letter of encouragement from him to Tyler,” said Straseskie.
Tyler will be sworn in as Burrillville Police Chief for the day Thursday morning. As of now more than 200 police cars and 100 fire trucks plan to be a part of the festivities.
“We're only answering a call for service that a mother asked for she just wanted a simple thing for her child and wants to make every birthday memorable for him,” said Craig Sroka with the East Providence Police Department.
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