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Haverhill

March 6, 2014

Local police, firefighters journey today as 'Tyler's Troops'

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Andover Police Sgt. Chad Cooper put together a box of items for Tyler. Haverhill police officers Jason Pearl and Nick Brown are driving in this morning’s convoy, bringing along two giant cards signed by the Haverhill Police Department, said Lt. Robert Pistone.

From Methuen police, officers Don Craig, Derek Licata and Scott Lever are escorting an enormous signed birthday card from the police department along with a framed police department plaque for Tyler.

This is the second time the Methuen officers participated in such an effort for a child battling cancer. In December 2012, Methuen police were among a convoy of 250 officers and 100 cruisers who went to Virginia to see Nathan Norman, a now 7-year-old boy battling brain cancer. Similarly to Tyler, Nathan viewed first responders are heroes and wanted cards from them. Many of the officers remain in contact with Nathan today.

In a press release yesterday, Massachusetts State Police acknowledged the outpouring of the support for Tyler’s birthday wish was “tremendous.”

Marino said he had to be there today for Tyler.

“No 7-year-old should have to go through what he went through. He’s just down the street in Rhode Island. Why wouldn’t we try to help him out,” Marino said.

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