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    Unhappy Be nice to your rooky Firefighters

    Subject: Last wish..............


    > Stop telling God how big your storm is.
    >
    > Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is!
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    >
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    > In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared
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    > down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of
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    > terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled
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    > with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of
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    > determination. Like any parent, she wanted her
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    > son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now
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    > that was no longer possible..
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    > The leukemia would see to that. But she still
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    > wanted her son's dreams to come true. She took
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    > her son's hand and asked, "Billy, did you ever
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    > think about what you wanted to be once you grew
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    > up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do
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    > with your life?"
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    > Mommy, "I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up."
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    > Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see if we can
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    > make your wish come true."
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    >
    > Later that day she went to her local fire
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    > department in Phoenix, Arizona, where she met
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    > Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix.
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    > She explained her son's final wish and asked if
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    > it might be possible to give her six-year-old son
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    > a ride around the block on a fire engine.
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    > Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than
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    > that. If you'll have your son ready at seven
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    > o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an
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    > honorary fireman for the whole day. He can come
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    > down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on
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    > all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if
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    > you'll give us ! his sizes, we'll get a real fire
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    > uniform for him, with a real fire hat-not a toy
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    > one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire
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    > Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear
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    > and rubber boots. They're all manufactured right
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    > here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast."
    >
    >
    > Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy,
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    > dressed him in his fire uniform and escorted him
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    > from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and
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    > ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the
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    > truck and help steer it back to the fire station.
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    > He was in heaven. There were three fire calls in
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    > Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all
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    > three calls. He rode in the different fire
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    > engines, the paramedic's van, and even the fire chief's car.

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    > He was also videotaped for the local news
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    > program. Having his dream come true, with all the
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    > love and attention that was lavished upon him, so
    >
    > deeply touched Billy that he lived three months
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    > longer than any doctor thought possible.
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    >
    > One night all of his vital signs began to drop
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    > dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in
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    > the hospice concept that no one should die alone,
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    > began to call the family members to the hospital.
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    > Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a
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    > fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked
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    > if it would be possible to send a fireman in
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    > uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he
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    > made his transition.
    >
    > The chief replied, "We cando 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 its finest
    > members one more time.
    > And will you open the window to his room?
    >
    > About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck
    > arrived at the hospital 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 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, and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your
    hand,"
    > the chief said.
    >
    > With those words, Billy smiled and said,
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    > "I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and the angels have
    been
    > singing.."
    >
    > He closed his eyes one last time.
    >
    > My instructions were to send this to at least
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    > four people that I wanted God to bless and I
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    > picked you. Please pass this to at least four
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    > people you want to be blessed.
    >
    > This story is
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    > powerful and there is nothing attached, please do
    >
    > not break this pattern; uplifting stories are one
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    > of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost
    >
    > but a lot of rewards, let's continue to uplift one another.

    >
    > *****************************
    >
    > Stop telling God how big your storm is.
    >
    > Instead
    >
    > tell your storm how big your GOD is !!!
    -Brotherhood: I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
    -Mistakes: It could be that the purpose of you life is to serve as a warning to others.

    -Adversity: That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.

    -Despair: Its always darkest before it goes Pitch Black.


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    Dangit !

    I hate crying on Wednesday !

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    That one gets me everytime.

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    Default The real story...

    From Phoenix Fire Dept's FireWorks...

    "Over the last 20+ years, the story of 'Bopsy, The Littlest Firefighter' (sometimes referred to as 'Billy') has circulated worldwide. It appeared in the first 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' book on page 61, and has also become one of the most circulated chain e-mails. Just search the word 'Bopsy' in any web search engine, and you'll see just how many websites around the world contain the story.

    "The story is about a little boy with Leukemia, and his dying wish to become a firefighter. The Phoenix Fire Department is featured in the story because of the exceptional customer service paid to this little boy and his family. One of the main characters in the story is Fireman Bob, who is our own Fire Engineer Bob Walp. FireWorks asked Bob to tell us in his own words, the REAL story of what happened with Bopsy and the PFD."

    Click the link below and scoll to page four for the story:
    http://phoenix.gov/FIRE/nov02.pdf

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    That's so sad but so beautiful. Today makes 1 year since that I've been a firefighter and I'm happier now more than ever. The firefighting family is one that so tight. Firefighter get so much crap for some of the stuff that happens, especially here where I live on Long Island with all the FDNY problems, but if people could see all the good things that fire fighters do like this, then I'm sure they would see and understand why this brotherhood is so special.
    MFD Truck 2
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