Niles Police Chief Robert Hinton and the Niles Police Department heard about a young cancer patient's birthday wish and wanted to help make that wish come true.
With the help of the Niles FOP, Hinton and his staff were able to put together a care package that would assuredly bring birthday cheer.
Tyler Seddon of Pascoga, R.I., who is currently battling cancer, asked for birthday wishes from first responders for his seventh birthday on March 6, and from the looks of it, he will have quite the birthday adventure.
Special to The Niles Times
Members of the Niles Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 27 have given Tyler Seddon, a young cancer patient, an honorary police commission. The police department also put together a care package for Tyler for his birthday. These are some of the items sent to Tyler.
Hinton and the Niles Police Department got news from their administrative assistant about the young boy's birthday wishes and decided put together a care package. The care package for Seddon included a birthday card and business cards from department officers, a mug designed by Hinton, two department patches and a plaque presenting him with an honorary commission.
For Hinton, this story struck a personal tone. "I myself dealt with a child who had cancer," Hinton said. "So personally, I know what they are going through and I'd love to do anything to bring a smile to his face."
WCVB, a news station in Boston, reported on the morning of Seddon's birthday that a 7-ton truck was requested by the town's Post Office to deliver all the birthday gifts from around the country. There are even some gifts, according to Tyler's mother, arriving from international destinations as well. The outpouring of well wishes from first responders across the country will certainly have the young boy jumping for glee on his big day.
A Facebook page and a GoFundMe account were both created as well for Tyler to keep people updated on his condition and to help raise money for his treatment. The social media campaign has garnered more than 20,000 members since its creation and the original $15,000 fundraising goal the family requested was exceeded by generous donations to more than $16,000.
Other local first responder departments also contributed birthday cards for Seddon's birthday including Warren and Youngstown Police Departments.
For Chief Hinton and the members of the Niles Police Department, it just made sense to do something to add joy to a young boy's life. As members of the police force, their duty is to protect and serve and they found another way beyond their traditional duties to do that.
"Do a little above and beyond," Chief Hinton said. "That's what we want to do."
And with a simple act of kindness, the Niles Police Department certainly has.