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Melrose police travel to Virginia to visit sick child

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 24, 2012 01:16 PM

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Police officers stand at attention for Nathan Norman.

The following is courtesy of the Melrose Police Department:

Members of the Melrose Police Department Honor Guard drove to Rustburg Virginia on Dec. 19 to meet with a 5-year-old boy there who has a love of law enforcement and Christmas, and is also suffering from terminal cancer.

Along with nearly 100 local police departments and over 250 officers, the Melrose officers met with Nathan Norman. The convoy drove single file with blue lights on the 12-hour trip, picking up other agencies along the route from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to form a 3-mile-long line of holiday greeting.

Nathan was surprised the following morning at Liberty University with the officers' arrival and quickly brought the platoon to attention. 

After he led the officers through assorted commands, including making the platoon hop on one foot, the Melrose Police Department officers had the opportunity to meet with Nathan and his family. Sergeant Joshua Crowley, on behalf of Mayor Robert Dolan and Chief Michael Lyle, with the assistance of Officers Stephen Galvin, Michael Plumer, and Greg Forestell, swore in Nathan as an Honorary Officer of the Melrose Police Department. 

Officers from the Melrose Police Department covered the shifts for the Honor Guard and sent gifts and cards along with the Honor Guard for Norman.

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The Melrose Police Department's Honor Guard with Nathan Norman.

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