Burlington Police and Other Local Departments to Deliver Letters to Boy With Cancer

More than 40 police departments will be leaving the Burlington Mall Wednesday morning to deliver cards to 6-year-old Nathan Norman in Rustburg, Virginia.

The only thing on Dawn Norman's wish list this holiday season is that her 6-year old son Nathan lives to see another Christmas, and that his wish of receiving cards, letters and patches from as many police officers, firefighters and EMTs is fulfilled. Why? Because police officers, firefighters and EMTs happen to be Nathan's heroes.

As reported on New Milford Patch, three years ago, Nathan, who lives with his family in Rustburg, Virginia, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"I remember the doctor saying that there was an abnormality," Dawn Norman remembers. "The doctor kept telling me over and over that there was an abnormality and then it hit me. He was telling me that my son had cancer."

Like most little boys, Nathan loves to watch cops, firemen and EMT's speed to calls in shiny cars and trucks —sirens blaring and lights flashing —making no stops as they race to save people. 

This Christmas, Nathan is calling upon these heroes to make his wish come true by sending him cards, letters and patches —anything with a first responder insignia.

One of the departments responding to Nathan is the Burlington Police Department.

According to WHDH, Burlington police officers heard of Nathan's wish and decided they wanted to help make his Christmas dream come true.

“One of our detectives heard of the wish and started a card around the department,” Sgt. Gerard McDonough, Burlington Police Department, told Channel 7 News. “Our honor guard got together and thought it would be a good idea to personally deliver the card to Nathan and his family.”

Officer James Tigges told the press that police departments all over New England have gotten into the action.

"Forty plus police agencies from all over New England will be gathering at the Burlington Mall and leave as a group (caravan) down to visit Norman Nathan, a young boy in Rustburg, VA who is ill with cancer," Tigges said.

The officers are planning to gather at between 5:30 to 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 with a planned departure time of 6:30 a.m., somewhere in the Burlington Mall parking lot.

B Springer December 18, 2012 at 11:27 PM
After the last week, this story is heart-warming and much needed. I hope these officers have a safe journey to VA and back home again.
Kyle V December 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I was on the road this morning when I saw all the police cars. Without knowing what it was I was confused. Now that I know the cause, it was one of the most special moments I have ever seen. With all these men and women are responsible for, the fact they will take this time to travel and make a young boys wish come true shows the true character of the people who risk their lives daily. Thank you to all who made this trip!
Shari R December 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I was on RT 3 south right about 6:30 this morning and saw what appeared to be 100 law enforcement vehicles heading NORTH on Rt 3 with lights flashing. My question is why were they heading north on Rt 3 to go to VA???
Rose Johnson December 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
For many years we have had an outstanding police department in Burlington. A story like this only emphasizes their excellence. Merry Christmas, Burlington Police!!


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