Nov 03, 2009 - 10:37 am
I received this story in an e-mail which also contained pictures of Billy, unfortunately I was unable to copy the pictures. He was such a beautiful little boy. My husband and I both cried when we read this as it still breaks our hearts everytime we hear of a child with cancer.
"Am I really a fireman now?"
In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26 year-old mother stared down at her 6 year-old son, who
Although her heart was filled with sadness,
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
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
She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her
Fireman Bob said, 'Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at
And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat -
'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
Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station.
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,
He was also videotaped for the
Having his dream come true,
One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed
Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and
The chief replied, 'We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes.
When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the
'It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you
About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its
With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they
'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,
He closed his eyes one last time.