In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old
son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled
sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any
she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was
The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dreams
come true. She took her son's hand and asked, "Billy, did you ever
about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and
what you would do with your life?" Mommy, "I always wanted to be a
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,
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
son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an
fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat
us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if you'll
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
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
back to the fire station. He was in heaven.
There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out
all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the paramedic's
van, and even the fire chief's car.
He was also videotaped for the local news program. Having his dream
true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so
touched Billy that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought
possible. One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically
the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept that no one should
alone, began to call the family members to the hospital.
Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she called
Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in
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.
you please do me a favor?
When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will
announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's just the
department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And
you open the window to his room?"
About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the
and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window. 16
firefighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room.
With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him
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, and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand," the
With those words, Billy smiled and said, "I know, He's been holding my
all day, and the angels have been singing." He closed his eyes one last
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Thread: True Fireman
05-08-2003, 01:37 AM #1
05-08-2003, 05:16 AM #2
Just thought I would add my $0.04 here(Captain Gonzo says I have to pay more)....
I know Chief Brunacini personnally and when I read this story (which has been floating around for some time now in different avenues), I decided to EMAIL him and ask if it was true. Based on his views of "Customer Service" and conversations I have had with him, I thought it was not far off the mark.
Bottom line is that it is 100% TRUE
In his reply to my email, he verified the story and said that "Fireman Bob" is not the guys real name but that he (Bob) is very very dedicated to customer service. He also indicated that "Bob" has been deployed twice as a reservist to combat the war on terror since 09-11. In his description of "Bob", he says, "You will find no finer a person!"
A job well done on several fronts.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.
05-08-2003, 09:20 AM #3
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touching almost brought a tear to my eyes
but i havent cried in a long time so i wont start nowFireSarge
"Any man willing to die in my place is my brother. Any man willing to turn and run is my enemy. Which will you be?"
05-08-2003, 10:49 AM #4
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Thanks for posting that story. I have read it several times in the past and it still brings a tear to my eye.
Thank you Capt Stan for your $.04!. I always thought it was a true story.
Just in case no one has thanked all of you lately for the commitment and dedication that you bring to being firefighters, reservists,and all that you do, you give so much more than "customer service".
05-08-2003, 10:54 AM #5
05-08-2003, 01:45 PM #6
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05-08-2003, 03:34 PM #7
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I read this evey couple of months and always feel a little choked up...especially since 9-11...is it just me or a lot of us just a little more sensitive to the plight of those around us? Stay Safe
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05-08-2003, 03:39 PM #8
very nice indeed...
i have read that story but when i read it i had no idea it was true.that is a very touching story, brings a tear to your eye.
05-08-2003, 03:43 PM #9
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Aren't firefighters great?
Very touching story.
05-08-2003, 04:01 PM #10
Great story! I was e-mailed this a while back and didn't know if it was true or not. Glad to hear it's true about what the FD did.
Last edited by Firefighter430; 05-08-2003 at 04:04 PM."Illegitimis non carborundum."
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05-08-2003, 05:42 PM #11
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great story it still brings a tear to my eye.
here is a poem i found the other day that also just about made me cry.
i want to tell that little boy his mom will be just fine, i want to tell that dad we got his daughter ou in time. i want to tell that wife her husband will be home tonight, i dont want to tell it like it is, I want to tell LIES.
You didnt put their seat belts on, you feel you killed your kids, i want to say you didnt but in a way you did. you pound your fists into my chest, youre hurting so inside, i want to say youll be OK, i want to tell you LIES.
You left chemicals within his reach and now its in his eyes i want to say your son will see, not tell you he'll be blind. you ask me if hell be ok with pleading in your eyes, i want to say that yes he will, i want to tell you lies.
i can see your crying as your life goes up in smoke, if youd maintained that smoke alarm your children may have woke. dont grab my arm and ask me if your family is alive, dont make me tell you they're all dead, i want to tell you lies.
i want to say shell be ok you didnt take her life, i hear you say you love her and youd never hurt your wife, you thought you didnt drink too much, you thought that you could drive, i dont want to say how wrong you were, i want to tell you lies.
you only left her for a moment, it happens all the time, how could she have fell from there? you thought she couldnt climb. i want to say her neck's not broke, that she will be just fine, i dont want to say she's paralyzed. i want to tell you lies.
i want to tell tis teen his buddies didnt die in vain, because he thought that it'd be cool to try to beat the train. i dont want to tell him this will haunt him all his life, i want to say that hell forget, i want to tell him lies.
you left the cabinet open and your daughter found the gun, now you want me to undo the damage thats been done. you tell me shes your only child, you say shes only five, i dont want to say she wont see six, i want to tell you lies.
he fell into the pool when you just went to grab the phone, it was only for a second that you left him there alone... if you let the damn phone ring perhaps your boy would be alive, but i dont want to tell you that, i want to tell you lies.
the fact that you were speeding caused that car to overturn, and we couldnt get them out of there before the whole thing burned, did they suffer? yes, they suffered, as they slowly burned alive but i dont want to tell you that, i want to tell you lies.
but i have to tell it like it is until my shift is through, and then the real lies begin, when i come home to you, you ask me how my day was, and i say it was just fin,
i hope you understand sometimes, i have to tell you lies."Let's Roll." Todd Beamer 9/11 first soldier in the war on terror
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands ONE NATION UNDER GOD indivisible,with liberty, and justice for all.
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05-08-2003, 06:48 PM #12
Very true, and very good poem.
I too got that stroy in an email, and to tell the truth, i didnt beleive it.
05-11-2003, 05:55 PM #13
Thank you for posting that poem, that almost brought tears to my eyes.
05-11-2003, 07:00 PM #14
I'm not too proud to say that both of the story and the poem brought tears to my eyes, and I've read that story before, getting the same reaction that time too.
05-12-2003, 03:12 PM #15
There's nothing wrong with that poem and that story bringing tears to your eyes.
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