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Saturday, May 14, 2011

A time for Compassion for everyone

Am I a Fireman yet? This is BEAUTIFUL
Please read and share - what a beautiful story of a true gift and
compassion. . .

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 and 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

Mom smiled 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; one-with the emblem of the
Calgary Fire Department on it, and a
yellow slicker like we wear and rubber
'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 Paramedics' van,
and even the Fire Chief's car.

He was also videotaped for the local news

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
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
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 asked, 'Chief, am
I really a fireman now?'

'Billy, you are, and The Head Chief,
Jesus, is holding your hand,' the chief

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.

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

This is a true story