AM I A FIREMAN YET?

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 most every parent, she wanted her son to grow up and 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! “

He thought a bit and then continued:

“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.

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. God  is holding your hand.”
With those words, Billy smiled and said,
“I know, he’s been holding my hand all day, and the angels have been singing.”

Then he closed his eyes one last time.

Award winning author, Cecile Bell sent me this story with instructions to send it along to at least four people that I want God to bless. Instead I am asking each of you to send this link to four of your friends so they can also read this story. And while they are there, it would be great if they would LIKE my Facebook PAGE.

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About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.

Posted on November 13, 2012, in Tales2Inspire, TALES2INSPIRE WRTERS CONTEST, Words to Inspire and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I have shared this everywhere I could, amazing. You made me cry.

    • Hi Adele,
      First off, thanks so much for taking the time to read this story. And then, secondly, thanks for taking the time to add your kind comments. I am always interested to learn how people reach my postings. If it was through a LinkedIn or Facebook group, could you please specify which one?

      Many thanks,
      Lois W. Stern
      Creator of the Tales2Inspire”Authors Helping Authors” project/contest

  2. I’m choking back tears as I read this. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Jackie for taking the time to read and comment. Heartwarming tales – some simply uplifting, others inspiring tear jerkers – that’s what Tales2Inspire is all about. If you are interested, take a look at the AUTHORS_TALES screen at: http://www.tales2inspire.com. Many more great stories like this one.
      Warm wishes,
      Lois W. Stern
      Creator of the Tales2Inspire “Authors Helping Authors” project/contest

  3. It seems u understand a great deal about this subject matter and it shows throughout this
    unique posting, named “AM I A FIREMAN YET? Tales2Inspire”.
    Thanks ,Hershel

    • Thank you Hershel. This is a story a friend sent to me and I enjoyed both reading it and sharing it with others.

      Best,
      Lois

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