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Uplift One Another
Uplift One Another
My brother is a fireman and sent me this and I wanted to share it with you this morning and hope it touches you as it did 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?
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 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."
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.
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 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.
My instructions from my borther were to send this to at least four people that I wanted God to bless and I so picked ALL OF YOU,=. Please pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed.
This story is powerful,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.
3/3/2006 4:59 am
Thank you for sharing Mommie Purry |
3/3/2006 5:21 am
In my job I have dealings with many of these heroes. Firemen. Cops. EMS. A NYS trooper was killed two days ago. The are all heroes every day.|
3/3/2006 5:52 am
I am actually crying reading this. Things like this touch my heart so deeply. My husband is a firefighter and I think that he would love to read this.|
Thank you for such a wonderful post. It gives all firefighters a good name.
3/3/2006 6:22 am
I agree with you... |
Nice post thanks for sharing.
3/3/2006 6:37 am
3/3/2006 6:50 am
That is a beautiful piece!
Thank you for posting!
Life is very fragile. Let's not overlook this lesson, and reach out to someone who needs our love today and everyday!
3/3/2006 7:02 am
~with tears running down my cheeks~ I really needed to hear this one today Purry! Thank you. |
3/3/2006 7:12 am
Good morning Purry and Sail,|
I read this one before, and it brought tears to my eyes then, and does again now. Seems no matter how cynical and hardened I have become from life, there is still a soft spot inside me for little kids, puppies, kittens, Our Troops and the compassion and good will of the average man....Thanks for reminding me, that it is thru being good and kind to our fellow man that we can all find peace inside ourselves. I don't know if it's a true story or not, but it should be.......have a great day...................
3/3/2006 7:45 am
3/3/2006 7:50 am
OMG, I LOVED IT!|
3/3/2006 8:04 am
very beautiful story thanx for sharing|
3/3/2006 8:11 am
Thank you for sharing this story. I read it a few years back, and it never fails to touch my heart.|
3/3/2006 8:32 am
Beautiful story, Purry, thank you for posting it. (Like I really needed to cry AGAIN this week. LOL )|
3/3/2006 8:35 am
kittenkisses - "and how he said that the angels were there to get him. she started to cry, and asked him what they looked like. he told her not to worry, because they looked just like her." |
omg - that just made me lose it completely. Gave me goosebumps and everything. That's so touching and sweet, and comforting.
3/3/2006 8:43 am
Beautiful. It made this old man cry.|
3/3/2006 9:08 am
Absolutely touching story. I haven't cried like this in a long time! Thanks for sharing.|
3/3/2006 9:37 am
that's very sweet, Purry. |
btw, if I may... [post 255767]
3/3/2006 7:22 pm
Purry that was absolutely the best. I had tears rolling down my cheeks at the end. |
Fireies are heroes, along with Ambos, Cops, Posties, Garbos, and all the others who daily do the things to keep society safe and functioning.
You were right about the Fireies having big hearts, and they know about pain, suffering and death, which explains what they did for young Billy.
Sometimes people like Billy are given to us to remind us of what is important in this world.
My accountant had a son who died young due to his disability and as a mark of respect at the impact he had on the lives of everyone at his school, the whole school turned out as an honour guard at his funeral.
That sort of thing doesn't happen for ordinary people.
There are angels amongst us, but often we only realise it when we loose them.
The next time "The Make A Wish Foundation" is having a Fund Raiser, remember this story and how it moved you and chip in a few extra bucks.
3/4/2006 11:50 am
I have read this before, made me cry then and made me cry now! It's a beautiful story. My husband is a firefighter, and they DO have hearts the size of Texas. There isn't anything they wouldn't do for a brother firefighter and their families!