Thread: The Littlest Firefighter
04-25-2002, 12:02 PM #1
The Littlest Firefighter
I had to pass this along....Perhaps it's an old story....but it is worth revisiting.
Meet and Greet...The Littlest Firefighter
The 26-year-old mother stared down at her son who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination.
Like any parent she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his
dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia would see to
that. But she still wanted her son's dreams to come true. She took her
son's hand and asked,
"Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew
Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?"
"Mommy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up."
Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see if we can make your wish come
Later that day she went to her local fire department in Phoenix,
Arizona, where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix. She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her six-year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.
Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have
your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire
station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!
"And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat - not a toy one - with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast."
Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his fire
uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station.
He was in heaven. There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and
Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the paramedic's van and even the fire chief's car. He was also video taped for the local news program.
Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was
lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived three months
longer than any doctor thought possible.
One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the
head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital.
Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she
called the fire chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition.
The chief replied, " We can do better than that. We'll be there in
five minutes. Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire?" It's just the fire department coming to see one of it's finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room? Thanks."
About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital, extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window and 16 firefighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room. With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they loved him.
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said,
"Chief, am I really a fireman now?"
"Billy, you are," the chief said.
With those words, Billy smiled and closed his eyes one last time.
04-26-2002, 09:23 AM #2
- Join Date
- Mar 2002
- New Jersey
Drew a tear to my eye
I had read this already, my friend who lives in Az. and is a REALLY big Firefighter nut E-Mailed it to me. I cried to it. It isn't everyday I cry to an E-mail, but this was one of them. I wish one day I could be a Firefighter that could grant a kid that wish, I know I would fell so great. Whenever a kid asks me to let him see our Dept. fire trucks, I say "So go right ahead." Having kids wanting to see the Fire Trucks makes me fell I did something so very good. Thats one of the few reasons I stay in the Fire service. God Bless us and the members of FDNY.Dan M. B.
NJ State Firefighter 1
Passaic County Fire Acadamy
Class of 2001
"Let's Not Forget Our Fallen Heroes"
04-26-2002, 02:05 PM #3
- Join Date
- Oct 2001
- Canandaigua, NY
I thought big tough motcho firefighters would not be bothered by such a story, but it tears me apart every time I read something like that.
Keep up the good work, keep safe and keep low.
04-27-2002, 02:43 PM #4
This story or several different versions of it have been circulating for some time. Very sad...but says what we are about.09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
"Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.
04-27-2002, 11:44 PM #5
I must say it is very sad indeed. i kinda fills me with this deep down pride. on friday april 26th my station went to a learning center for lil boys and girls. we talked to them about fire safty. we lett them see how we dress. and we explained what if was all for. and then we talked about what they should do if there was a fire at there home. i was amazed by the responce. for 5-6 year olds these kids we very smart. they of course loved us, and they came up to touch us when we were fully bunkered up. all but this one lil girl. she wouldn't hugs us touch us or anything. it was as if she was scared at the fact that we were even there. well at the end of the day we took all the kids out to our truck. let them see the lights, were we sit and what all we have in it. and this lil girl just kept looking at the front of the truck and eyeing the officers seat. so i called her over she came over very hesintently. i picked her up and let her sit there. i told her all that the officer could do. well i put it in kids terms, like play with the buttons, tap the siren peddle, talk on the radios. then this lil girl looked up at me, smiled huged me and started "petting" my bunker coat(i was wearing it, it was old out). when we left she said goodbye to us, and she cmae over and huged me. i felt as if i was privilaged to have her do this. she smiled and told me goodbye firefighter jason. and waved as we left the building. people ask me why i do this "crazy" job, and why i do it for free. its moment like that i am not doing it for free, i recived all the payment i needed that day. and felt full of pride. i don't know if other people feel the same way i do, or have experianced it. but it was just.....WOW!The words on my post are my thoughts, my thoughts have nothing to do with the department in which I volunteer, and other organizations I work
i do it all for the money, yup i make the big bucks!!!!
cobb island VOLUNTEER fire department and ems CO 6
whidbey island VOLUNTEER fire department and ems station 25
04-28-2002, 12:48 PM #6
- Join Date
- Apr 2002
- Houston, Texas
You know, if I have to say one thing about fireman in general. It is nice to work with people who are there because they love doing this. Because the people matter and this isn't a job. I know that if I was young and I was dieing, it would be pretty nice to know I had 16 caring people there for me. Just my .02
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