Playground to be built for ‘Tyler’s Troops’ boy

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — Two sheriff’s deputies from Missouri are traveling to Rhode Island to help build a playground in honor of the boy who became famous when his battle with leukemia inspired first responders from across the country to celebrate his seventh birthday in March.

Tyler Seddon of Burrillville has since received a cord blood transplant, and the Pawtucket Times reports he is now cancer free.

Everett Barrett and Larry Tappana of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri wanted to do more to help Tyler. They came up with the idea of building a community playground using donated equipment.

They will begin their work Saturday and will be helped by first responders and volunteers from the area. Several manufacturers donated the equipment.

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