Am I a Fireman Yet?

I had this story emailed to me and it moved me so much that I thought that this story just had to be shared so I decided to share it with all of you.  I hope your heart is warmed by this story and I dare you not to cry.

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 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 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.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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2 Responses to Am I a Fireman Yet?

  1. Debbie says:

    I will be re-posting this, if you don’t mind. Thank you so very much for sharing. A drop of tenderness and mercy feels like a flood of life and hope in a dry and parched land, does it not?

  2. Pingback: Am I a Fireman Yet? (via wmarsau) | Shadows of Love

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