Rhode Island boy with cancer made honorary police chief

BURRILLVILLE, RI - A Rhode Island boy with cancer got the surprise birthday party of a lifetime.

Tyler Seddon turned 7 on Thursday and has been named honorary police chief of his hometown of Burrillville. He's being driven around in a police cruiser. Hundreds of firefighters, police officers and first responders from several states also are throwing him a birthday party.

Tyler's mother, Rachel Seddon-Dunn, put out an appeal on social media asking first responders to send birthday messages to her son. He's battling leukemia for the second time, and his family is looking for matching bone marrow donors.

Tyler received birthday cards and other messages from all over the country, including from the Los Angeles Police Department, which sent a video featuring its chief .

Seddon was also named honorary Governor of Rhode Island for a day by Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, ABC News reported.

"It was overwhelming," Maj. Larry Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department told ABC News. "I mean the outpouring of support from police and fire, we estimated it was 800 public safety officials present."

Sgt. Jamey Kidd of Kentucky traveled more than 14 hours to wish Tyler a happy birthday.

"Like a lot of people, I read Tyler's story online, but it kind of touched me a little more personal having a little boy the same age as Tyler," Kidd told ABC News affiliate WLNE-TV .

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