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Police departments escort Whitman toddler to Kids’s Hospital for coronary heart surgical procedure

Whitman toddler Nathaniel “Nate the Great” Rodman received a police escort to Boston Children’s Hospital early Wednesday when the 1-year-old was undergoing another open heart surgery.

According to a testimony from Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag and Whitman Police Chief Timothy Hanlon, Rodman was born with “multiple heart and kidney disease” that required a variety of surgeries, including open heart surgery, when he was only 5 weeks old was. Police authorities from seven neighboring communities – in addition to Randolph and Whitman, officers from Quincy, Weymouth, Stoughton, Canton and Braintree – were part of the escort.

According to a post on his family’s CaringBridge blog, Rodman had an operation at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Nathaniel Rodman’s father, Matthew, is a Randolph police officer and has been with the department for over seven years. Last week officials created a Randolph Police Department Badge of Honor for Nathaniel Rodman.

The badge for Nathaniel ‘Nate the Great’ Rodman made the Whitman toddler an honorary cop.Randolph Police Department

“The escort was a way to recognize Nathaniel for the tremendous courage he has shown in his life and to distract the family from everything for a few minutes before entering the hospital to begin this latest procedure,” Randolph Police Detective Kevin Gilbert said in the statement. “We have made escorts like this before, and it is always easy to find officers willing to participate. We really have an amazing network of passionate officers in this region. “

Several of the officers attending the escort were classmates from Matthew Rodman’s Police College, who added a personal layer to the ceremony, the statement said.

“This entire event was a group effort between Randolph Police, Whitman Police and surrounding authorities and shows that we are always ready to serve a family in need,” said Gilbert. “Nathaniel is a fighter and we are confident that he will come out of this operation in amazing shape.”

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ charliemckenna9.

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