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Editorial: Fire-Rescue team makes sick child’s dream come true

  • Photo courtesy Jasper County Fire Rescue Jasper County Fire Rescue helped grant the wish of a terminally ill Jasper County girl who has dreamed of being a firefighter.

A terminally ill child’s wish was granted, thanks to Jasper County Fire-Rescue.

On a recent Saturday morning, Jasper County Fire-Rescue helped fulfill an adolescent Jasper County girl’s dream of being a firefighter by giving her a tour of the station and a uniform and allowing her to help extinguish a small, controlled fire.

The initiative was in conjunction with the Children’s Wish Foundation International, a nonprofit organization that helps seriously ill children have their favorite wish fulfilled.

The group reached out to Jasper County Fire-Rescue, which jumped at the opportunity.

The girl was expected to spend about an hour with the crew, but JCFR’s Richard M. Hughes said the experience lasted about two hours as the girl was given her own locker with a nameplate and a full uniform. She learned how to properly put her gear on, take it off and have it in the ready position.

She was named an honorary firefighter.

“Her face lit up,” Hughes said.

The girl and her family were given a ride on a fire truck. When they returned to headquarters, the sirens wailed and firefighters were in gear, ready to fight a blaze. The crew had a barrel of hay burning, and the girl – clad in full uniform, hose in hand – helped put out the fire.

“She was full of energy,” Hughes said.

Hughes said the experience was a reminder that good things can come from tough circumstances.

“Her family said it was her dream to be a firefighter,” Hughes said. “To do something fun, it was a great opportunity. The family was very grateful, and we were grateful, for sure.”

We applaud Jasper County Fire-Rescue for giving the child a memorable day. The department’s willingness to give her a small amount of their time helped put a big smile on her face.

Kudos.

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