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The Memorial Helps Grant the Wish of an Ailing 6-year old Boy


On Friday, July 15th, Tyler Burke and his family arrived at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Tyler is a 6-year old suffering from an inoperable brain tumor and qualifies for the Make-a-Wish Foundation program, a non-profit initiative that works to make the wishes of terminally ill children come true. Tyler's father is an Ohio Police Officer, and part of the little boy's wish was to visit the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. Upon his arrival at the Visitors Center, he was greeted by the NLEOMF staff and presented with a special gift package. He was also greeted by special guest McGruff the Crime Dog of the National Crime Prevention Council, who came to the Visitor's Center just for this unique mission.




Tyler and his family then walked down to the Memorial where they were welcomed to the tune of bagpipes played by former D.C. Metropolitan police officer Chris Jackson. Chris played at Ground Zero during the one-year anniversary ceremony of September 11th. On Friday, Chris presented Tyler with the flag that he had flown on his pipes while he played at that ceremony, as well as with his own sergeant stripes and an array of department patches.



Chief Dwight E. Pettiford of the United States Park Police, accompanied by The United States Park Police Honor Guard, also greeted Tyler at the Memorial. The Chief came prepared with a gift bag of his own, giving Tyler a Park Police T-shirt, stuffed bear, and toy cruiser. Members of the Park Police then led Tyler over to motorcycles lined up on E Street, where he mounted up and got a taste of what it is like to be a motorcycle police officer. After sitting and playing on the motorcycle, Tyler then tested out a Park Police cruiser. Tyler's brother, Tristan, also had his turn at playing police officer when the Park Police showed him the proper way to use a radar gun on E street.



When Tyler and his family left the Memorial, they were escorted by a Park Police motorcade through DC and across 14th Street Bridge as they made their way back to Virginia Beach before heading home to Ohio.
 
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