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Timothy Roufa

Meet Law Enforcement's Real Hero

By December 19, 2012

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Most people who enter into law enforcement careers do so because they want to help people and make a difference. Sadly, they soon realize the many tragic situations they must face as they try to help make their world a better place.

Meet Nathan Norman

Such is the case with young Nathan Norman of Virginia. Nathan, now 5 years old, as diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer. He's undergone countless surgeries and treatments over the past 3 years.

In a story that is both heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time, this year Nathan's Christmas wish was to receive cards from the people he considers to be heroes: police officers, firefighters and other first responders.

Cards for Nathan

Word soon began to spread among the law enforcement community throughout the United States and around the world. The "Cards for Nathan" campaign went viral, and cards began pouring in from officers across the globe.

And now, Nathan will get the surprise of his life when 250 officers in 90 patrol cars from all over New England show up at his doorstep to hand deliver their cards and well wishes.

The Real Hero

While Nathan regards first responders as heroes, the truth is that little Nathan is a hero to all of us. It's people like Nathan who remind us why we do what we do, and who give us the encouragement to keep moving forward, no matter how difficult a day on the job can get.

Nathan has inspired officers from all over the world to do their job to the best of their abilities, if for no other reason than to earn the right to be called the heroes he believes them to be.

You can learn more about Nathan and how he's doing by visiting his site at Caring Bridge: Nathan Norman. From there, you can also make a donation to help keep his site going. If you're a law enforcement officer or other first responder, consider sending him a card!

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