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Am I A Fireman Yet?


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 & 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 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

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.

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
Singing..'

He closed his eyes one last time.

freezywater freezywater 41-45, M 27 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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I always cry at these stories
We have a charity group here in oz that does these sort of things for terminally ill kids :(

That was a good story and there is nothing wrong with bringing jesus in it

Boy there are a few sick people here! I think what they did for that child was wonderful. A very heart touching story.

That is such a good but sad story I am verry sorry for your loss

The story should have been posted where it would have been appreciated. It's not a bad story, but, EP groups should be respected. ALL EP groups. This is part of being good EP citizens. That will be all from this good witch for today! :-)

I think the point is telling the kid he's going to heaven is as silly as telling him he's a fire fighter.

No. Firefighters are real and observable. People dorecover from cancer, and it goes into remission, and some little boys grow up to be fire fighters. That's an observable fact.

Telling a kid that he's going to heaven is a fairytale, not rooted in any observable fact.Telling a kid that Jesus is holding his hand is as not-true as the kid (at that time) BEING a fire-fighter.

that is a great story, amazing what a difference a few people can make. very touching

Great idea DD! I think it's a very interesting subject. This all seems to fit into the category of censorship. Clothing is often used as a form of censorship, and I think that may have started with alpha-males protecting their women from being raped by other males by making the act take more time and effort, thus giving the alpha male more time to come to their rescue. It could then have become commonplace for men and women to wear loin coverings, stretching to alphas (or royalties later) as well. Thoughts?<br />
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P.S. I think JiggyRainbow has done something good here, even though it may not have been his intention. He got an enlightening discussion started, and I for one would like to thank him for that.

armpit, nostrils twaint, ******** and **** only distract from the intellectual quality of this discussion. <br />
Perhaps we can discuss how body parts or pleasurable acts such as ******* have become “bad” words and/or when it is best to invoke these words another time…DD

Now BettyValentine, even though you may not like em or think highly of em, it's not nice to talk smack about ***** like that. The G-word insult should be left for only the most despicable of tormentors.

BettyValentine, When your.. “fundamentalist school, …Bible class. We studied a unit on 'suffering'. We spoke about the holocaust and various other stories of human suffering.”<br />
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Did your Bible class talk about the 500 years of the Inquistion?...DD

When I was only eight years old I, my best friend and literally hundreds of other children were infected with polio in 1951. When my friend died a priest came and said” Jesus loves the little children.” <br />
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I knew this was bullshit then and only wish I had said “Praise Jesus and God for Polio.”…DD

Basically the message is **** off and spread your bullshit where it'll be swallowed.

This story could be completely true. I've been helped to great lengths by nice people who cared for me, and since I was brought up as a christian, I often would say things like "I saw Jesus, he was holding my hand". Parents ate that stuff up, and it garnered me attention.<br />
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But now that I've grown up, I've come to think more deeply about my actions and the effects they have on others. I'm certainly not going to go into a christian forum and post some atheist drivel. I respect your space, christians, so please respect mine.

I'm genuinely insulted by this story. It's pure arrogance (and not even the attractive kind) to come here and post this drivel expecting the denizens of this group to be so shallow and easily manipulated as to be swayed by a transparent appeal to compassion. On the behalf of all of us rational thinkers I am deeply offended. And as those of you who know me know, I'm not easily offended.<br />
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What's worse, I have to agree with bitlord that troubleshooter's response was right on. Sorry bitlord, I promise it'll never happen again.

Who holds the hand of non Christian babies when they are dying ?

10 points for troubleshooter, catching the lies in action and calling them out

Simple point? <br />
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If it is so simple, then why could you not understand and or read the title of the group you posted this in. What you did was share something nice and it got washed out by your own propaganda. <br />
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It is also not even likely to be all that accurate. I am sure it has been hammed up to sound way better than it is. You religious animals are pathetic. Seriously.

No I don't see the point at all. The kid is dying and some guys did him a favour. so big deal. Whaddya gonna do, tell him to get lost. It doesn't prove God it doesn't prove much at all. Maybe it proves emotional blackmail works, that's about it.

This is a true story about a child and how beautiful people are toward children even if they are religious, can't you all see this simple point?

Your god invented leukemia, so the question is why god hates kids and the rest of us. <br />
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Or if you blame 'the devil' or 'sin' for leukemia, then your loving God allows these things to exist. <br />
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god is swell, isn't he?

I, too, am appalled to see this story posted here. It's a very nice story, but the intention here is plain to see. This is most definitely spam which directly goes against this experience group, and should not be tolerated. This story belongs somewhere, but not here, and you have deliberately done this story an injustice by using it to further your anti-social intentions. Don't you people believe that God is watching your actions?

The beauty (or in my opinion, ridiculousness) of this story is kind of irrelevant. ArchImedes is right - if you don't have something of value to contribute, please avoid posting.

beautiful story<br />
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wrong category, but still beautiful

they didn tell him he was always a fireman..but now hes angel and i think hes a fireman there..

It brought tears to my eyes.

this made me cry