• 10-year-old raises hundreds of dollars in fallen Weymouth Police officer's name

    By: Blair Miller

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    A 10-year-old has made it his mission to make sure families of fallen first responders enjoy the holidays. 

    Earlier this year, the young man named Will Roman raised hundreds of dollars in the name of fallen Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna.

    "We were going on the bridge to Boston, and saw all of the blue flags up there," Roman said. 

    The blue flags had been put up to mark the death of Chesna, who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

    Roman's mother and father said his curiosity then grew.

    "He had a really difficult time with that," Ann Roman said. "He had a lot of questions."

    Roman's father said the uncertainty of whether or not your parent would come home one day bothered the 10-year-old.

    "You think about everyday life, and every day, people go to work, and what it would be like if one of your parents didn't come home," Jim Roman said.

    The young man's curiosity turned into a desire to help, and he turned to art to make it happen.

    "I wanted to help them, because it's terrible to lose a family member," Roman said.

    Roman built wooden plaques, with his parents helping to cut and sand the wood while he would paint them.

    The plaques were a salute to the thin blue line, and he then began to sell them.

    Roman went to a charity event for "The Hundred Club," a Boston group that helps the widows of firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty.

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    Roman gave them a check for $610, all raised by his work of making and selling the plaques.

    The move left people at the event in awe, and left Roman with a hope of healing.

    "When I just started to make the signs, it really put an impact," Roman said. "I hope a lot of people benefited from the money I made."

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