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Friday, March 9, 2012

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Am i a fire man yet

 In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26-year-old mother stared down
at her 6 year old son, who was dying of leukemia.

Although her heart was filled with sadness,

she also had a strong feeling of determination
Like any mother, 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 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 t o 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

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.


  1. Wow....I mean WOW. Major major props to the Phoenix Fire Department. No parent should out live they're children. I am glad he got to be a real Fireman for one day.

  2. Great story

    Here's the real story

  3. Kudos to the Phoenix Fire Department for being a class organization.

  4. http://phoenix.gov/webcms/groups/internet/@inter/@dept/@fire/documents/web_content/071552.pdf

    His name was Bopsy.

    Thats a link to the real story. I couldn't believe it so I searched. Wow there are (were) good people in this world.

  5. Wow! Can anyone with a beating heart read through this without getting tears in their eyes?!

  6. Wow they had to ruin this touching story with Jesus...

  7. God is so in control of this boys life...rest in peace young man...

  8. OMG... such a good story for scuh a sad circumstance.

  9. I have read this story before but it made me tear up again.

  10. I think something got stuck in my eye... :_)

  11. =================March 13, 2012 3:29 AM
    Wow they had to ruin this touching story with Jesus... ==========

    Why is there always one asswipe that's got to spoil it?
    Bopsy obviously believed, he said Jesus had been holding his hand all day and this brought him comfort.

  12. what a great story. ther are still good hearted people out there. good job pheonix fire.

  13. Jesus held his hand while he gave him a terminal disease. What a cunt.

  14. It brought a lot of tears reading this.....It is stories like this that stops us long enough to think about how kind and thoughtful we CAN be..

  15. Props, PFD.

    Too bad we still kill off cancer patients with chems and radiation. As if it even helps.


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