Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Billy the 6 year-old fireman


In Calgary, Alberta  a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying  of terminal leukaemia.
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 &
fulfil all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.. The leukaemia 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.

Children were invited to visit the fire station
on a day out from their school.
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.

Parents are heart broken when their child is suffering from terminal illness.

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
He closed his eyes one last time.
Instructions were to send this to People that I wanted God to bless and I picked
Please pass this to
people you want
to  be blessed.
story is powerful and there is nothing attached.

                   This is a true story.
Paediatric Clinic of Kuala Lumpur Hospital 

Candle burns to mark a passing life.
Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing.
Alan CY Kok



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