Am I A Fireman Yet?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by don3778, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. don3778

    don3778 New Member

    Am I A Fireman Yet??

    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 with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination.
    Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.

    The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dream 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 up? Did you ever dream about or 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 true.'

    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 6 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 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 videotaped 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 the 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 fire-fighters 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,
    'I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and
    The angels have been singing..'

    He closed his eyes one last time.

  2. willcat

    willcat New Member

    heartbreaking, but also amazing how they went out of their way for him!!!!!

  3. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

    That brings a tear to my eye ,had to wait a minute before I could type this post Thanx for a very touching story LOL
  4. whodaman

    whodaman New Member

    Des Moines Iowa
    wow what a great story
  5. Shadow Hunter

    Shadow Hunter New Member

    Thanks Don,tears still in my eyes. I`ll add that family in my Prayers tonite. You also just for being my Brother in the BOC. I always pray for those in our Armed Forces,Firefighters,and Police and their Familys.
  6. skawez

    skawez Member

    Hickman, Ne
    Great story sad and fulfilling . superbly written. thanks
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member

    Thanks Don, for sharing a very touching story. Fireman not only take their jobs seriously they have compassion.
  8. rspd507

    rspd507 New Member

    Rising Sun,IN
    Very nice post, thanks for sharing.
  9. Little Luey

    Little Luey New Member

    That is soo touching, thanks for sharing that story. Reps to you buddy.
  10. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

    Blacklick, Ohio
  11. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

    Lost Wages
    That got me all teared up. Thanks.
  12. don3778

    don3778 New Member

    Thanks all, glad you enjoyed the story. You know the news is always full of the bad things that are happening in the world, but you seldom get to see the good things that are happening. Perhaps if the news carried more stories like these, people might get back in touch with the softer side of themselves and not do so many bad things.