First responders look to make sick boy’s birthday special

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – First responders are used to jumping into action for people in need. Now, they’re answering the call to help make a Burrillville boy’s seventh birthday special.

Tyler Seddon’s mother, Rachel, says her son is fascinated with everything about policemen, firefighters, and first responders, so she set up a website asking first responders from all over the area to send birthday cards to her son.

Now, emergency workers from across Rhode Island and around the world are sending birthday wishes for the 6-year-old, who is battling leukemia for the second time and is now facing a bone marrow transplant.

“I’ve been getting calls from Germany, France, all over,” said East Providence Fire Inspector Craig Sroka.

Sroka is one of the emergency workers going above and beyond a simple birthday card.

“You know what, we can do better. I talked to the chief and instead of sending him cards we are personally delivering the cards,” Sroka said.

So, on March 6 – Tyler’s birthday – he will be chief for the day in Burrillville, while some 200 police and firefighters will partake in a massive caravan to wish him a happy birthday in person.

“Every email and phone is what I can do to help make it the best birthday he’s ever had,” Sroka said.

First responders are welcome to send young Tyler a birthday card at 96 South Main Street in Pascoag, R.I. 02859.

If you would like to make a donation to support Tyler, you can visit

A blood drive for Tyler will be held Tuesday, February 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pascoag Fire House #1. Visit to make an appointment, Sponsor Code 0260.

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