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Old 29 October 2014, 12:37 AM
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Canada The Littlest Fireman (Canadian Version)

I got another Canadian version of an old glurge from my glurge network. This time, it's a Canadian version of the The Littlest Fireman. I've cleaned up the formatting and removed the cutesy GIFs but otherwise it's presented as is.
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Am I a Fireman yet?

THIS IS A TRUE STORY AS A FEW MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED IT ON GLOBAL NEWS...

If you "tear-up" go ahead, who's watching?

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. 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 favour? 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, ĎChief, 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.

My Instructions were to send this to at least four People that I wanted God to bless and I picked you.
Please pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed. This story is powerful and there is nothing attached.

PLEASE do not break this pattern. Uplifting stories are one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost, but a lot of rewards, let's continue to uplift one another!

This is a true story.
Brian
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Old 29 October 2014, 02:16 PM
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Am I the only one that thinks the idea of 16 men climbing up a ladder into a little boy's room a bit creepy?

Just seems like walking in through the door would have been a bit more appropriate since they were visiting a "fellow" firefighter.


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where she met Fireman Bob,
Hey that's me in my younger days. I didn't know I was that famous that they even knew me in Canada.
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Old 29 October 2014, 02:33 PM
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head nurse, who believed In the hospice concept - that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital.
As opposed to what? The day nurse who believes in the hospital concept where the nurse would just let someone die without letting their family know?

Also, I doubt that they could get a fire helmet made to fit a 6 year old (probably a small 6 year old at that) in a few days. They are probably molded on specially designed forms that can't be retooled, requiring a whole new form to fit such small head.
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Old 29 October 2014, 02:55 PM
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The problem with this is not that it is fictionalised (which I believe it is), but that this type of stuff happens all the time. Firemen, paramedics, military, police, sports teams etc, do these things all the time and the only way people know is if it makes the news or the families tell others.

I spent some time looking for a specific news story a few weeks ago, but in my search (fruitless as it was) I came across several youtube videos of military and police having honorary deputies and soldiers (children with serious diseases) join them for training and/or a ceremony. A neat one was a boy with cancer being taken to a huge USMC base, given the honorary rank of Major General (same as the commander) and given a VIP tour of the entire base, on a Saturday. Hundreds of Marines volunteered** to come to work on a Saturday to welcome this new marine.

So, while this tale is likely made up, it is definitely well within the realm of the possible.

**While it is possible that the Marines were ordered to parade on Saturday, or would have been working anyways, I know that for causes like this, there is usually no shortage of volunteers. In about '08, we had a tour of disadvantaged youth come to my unit (and others on the base). I was tasked to organise the tour for my unit lines. I only had them for 2 hours right after lunch. Well, when I canvassed the unit for volunteers, I had about 40. I only needed about a dozen, but when you get that much enthusiasm, you don't turn it down. So, we had 40 people to host a small group of youth. It was a great Saturday.
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Old 29 October 2014, 05:33 PM
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The problem with this is not that it is fictionalised (which I believe it is), but that this type of stuff happens all the time. Firemen, paramedics, military, police, sports teams etc, do these things all the time and the only way people know is if it makes the news or the families tell others.

I spent some time looking for a specific news story a few weeks ago, but in my search (fruitless as it was) I came across several youtube videos of military and police having honorary deputies and soldiers (children with serious diseases) join them for training and/or a ceremony. A neat one was a boy with cancer being taken to a huge USMC base, given the honorary rank of Major General (same as the commander) and given a VIP tour of the entire base, on a Saturday. Hundreds of Marines volunteered** to come to work on a Saturday to welcome this new marine.

So, while this tale is likely made up, it is definitely well within the realm of the possible.

**While it is possible that the Marines were ordered to parade on Saturday, or would have been working anyways, I know that for causes like this, there is usually no shortage of volunteers. In about '08, we had a tour of disadvantaged youth come to my unit (and others on the base). I was tasked to organise the tour for my unit lines. I only had them for 2 hours right after lunch. Well, when I canvassed the unit for volunteers, I had about 40. I only needed about a dozen, but when you get that much enthusiasm, you don't turn it down. So, we had 40 people to host a small group of youth. It was a great Saturday.
One of my feeds on FB is firefighter related(imagine that) and there will be requests for cards,messages and pictures for sick kids that a local department is supporting. There were at least 2 in the past month that I can remember of the top of my head.

But been a while since I've encountered a hospital with a third floor window, in a patient's room, that opens enough to allow someone to climb in. Most of the one's that I've been in either don't open or it's just a very small part of the window that opens.
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It has some similarities to the story of how Make A Wish got started.
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Old 30 October 2014, 01:55 PM
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I don't doubt that something similar has probably occured, in Canada, the US, The UK or Australia or elsewhere.

What triggers my baloney meter is that they would come in with sirens blaring, with no real emergency and no coordination plan, just a loudspeaker announcement that there's no real fire. Who gets the right of way: the fire trucks coming for a vigil, or the ambulances carrying real emergencies?
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Old 30 October 2014, 07:47 PM
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The bit about the third floor window is taken straight from the Make A Wish link I provided above. It's under the part about the first official wish granted.

So while this story has obviously been heavily embellished and fictionalized. I think it's funny that one of the parts that seems the most unbelievable has actually happened.
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