Playground built in honor of local cancer patient

Tyler Seddon plays with one of his beloved firetrucks.

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) – Months after first responders from New England and beyond came together to honor a local boy for his birthday, they are back in Rhode Island to honor him again.

Tyler Seddon, a Burrillville boy battling Leukemia who made headlines in February for the birthday surprise he received, is now receiving another amazing gift.

First responders from near and far are pitching in to build a playground in his honor. They are calling it ‘Hero Park.’

Deputy Everett Barrett of the Jasper Co. Sheriff’s Office in Missouri is helping expedite the project.

“The idea of building a community playground for him came up and here we are,” he said.

Deputy Barrett said that his motivation to help out comes from his own hometown’s struggles.

“We had a tornado in our area three years ago and we had a lot of support from different communities from around the whole country. They came out and helped us and this is just one way that we can give back.”

The playground equipment has been donated from manufacturing companies across the country. One of the things included in the mix is a merry-go-round, which Tyler specifically requested.

Deputy Barrett and the other volunteers are excited to see how to playground will look when finished.

On Saturday, volunteers from local businesses and churches will join law enforcement officials to formally present the finished park to Tyler.

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