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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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This one got me.......

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 and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dreams 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?"< BR>

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."< ?/bigger>

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 six-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."< ?/bigger>

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his fire 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.
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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.
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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 just the fire 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 firefighters 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.

RIP little fireman RIP
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 09:59 PM
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Damn dude me too.. Makes me think of my sons. Couldn't imagine as a parent watching my kids go through that. Nice to hear there are still some good people out there......
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 06:35 AM
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Damn man...

After losing my 5 year old niece a few years ago things like this are damn near crippling.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 07:30 AM
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Send a message via AIM to 2000750 about an amaizingly cool story. I felt a pretty large tug on my heart strings there...

It's nice to read such an uplifting story as opposed to all the other horrible incidents that are posted on these forums...

Thanks Korrupt...
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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just trying to share back.

gotta feel for that family
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 06:18 PM
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One year ago in November my sister lost her first born child. My beautiful Neice Veronica. She was 3 & 1/2 months old. Veronica never knew a day without a respirator. My sister and brother in-law, and my whole family were in hell the entire time she was in the hostpital. Losing a family member especialy a child is probably the worst feeling I've ever had.

That article made me cry. The staff at children's hospital were the same way with my neice. May of them cried when she died.

The world needs more people of this caliber.

This year, almost one year later, my sister gave birth to my nephew Joseph. My family couldn't be prouder.

If people don't regulate themselves, others will do it for them.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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beautiful Tony.

I have never experienced any real death in my family (one great grandma and a uncle so far) but the time is coming near for some to pass on I think...and I am getting nervous.

I hope I can count on some people to be there when I really need em
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