A Touching Story- Boy Wants to be Fireman

In Calgary, Alberta, 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 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 true.’

Later that day she went to her local fire
Department in Calgary, where she met
Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Alberta..

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 Calgary Fire Department on it, and a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots.’

‘They’re all manufactured right here in Calgary, 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. Untitledyfghgfbhg

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 Calgary 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.

A True Story- Received in an e-mail


12 thoughts on “A Touching Story- Boy Wants to be Fireman

  1. Yes, I cried. But I’m also a reporter who gets in trouble if I don’t get the facts exactly right, and I’m suspicious of anything that circulates in emails as a “true story” because I’ve found so many are not true. So I verified this. I’m happy to report that the essence of the story is actually true, although a few of the facts are inaccurate (which, as far as I’m concerned, doesn’t really matter). I found the verification at snopes, which is where I often start my fact-checking. http://www.snopes.com/glurge/fireman.asp

  2. Such incredible kindness. I am so grateful for the fire department. I don’t know how they do what they do. When our son and his best friend were killed by a drunk driver, the members of the fire department onsite were amazing. And then members of both units attended Jason’s memorial service. It meant so much that they took the time out of their schedules to come to Jason’s service.

  3. So beautiful. Billy is now with Jesus and couldn’t be happier. God bless Billy’s mom as she took the step to see her son’s dream come true and each and every one of those firemen who took the time for a little boy’s wish! Also reblogging, thank you for sharing this!

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