For Immediate Release:
March 03, 2014

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Greg Chin

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MIA PUBLIC SAFETY TEAM HELPS MAKE BIRTHDAY WISH COME TRUE FOR SIX-YEAR-OLD LEUKEMIA PATIENT


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

The public safety team at Miami International Airport did their part to make the simple birthday wish of 6-year-old leukemia patient Tyler Seddon come true on Monday by posing for a group photo on the airfield at MIA and sending the image to the Rhode Island boy. Tyler, who is battling leukemia for the second time in his young life, idolizes police officers and firefighters and his birthday wish is to receive cards from his heroes when he turns seven on Thursday, March 6.

When they learned about Tyler’s battle with cancer and his modest birthday wish, members of MIA’s public safety team quickly coordinated a large-scale photo shoot on the airfield at MIA including police vehicles, fire trucks, K-9 teams, an American Airlines aircraft and a simple message on a banner: “Happy Birthday Tyler from Miami International Airport’s Public Safety Team.” But the highlight of Tyler’s birthday card is undoubtedly the many heroes in uniform from the Miami-Dade Police Department Airport District, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Aviation

Division, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration.

“We’re proud to join first responders from across the nation in helping to make this a very happy birthday for Tyler,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Given all the obstacles that he is facing, his simple desire to receive a card from his heroes struck us all, and we were more than happy to do our small part. Tyler has certainly inspired all of us with his strength and courage.”

   

 Members of MIA’s public safety team wish Tyler Seddon a very happy birthday in front of an impressive backdrop that includes police, fire and aviation vehicles, as well as an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

To download hi-res photos, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/photos.asp.

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