The 26-year-old mother stared down at her 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 togrow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her sons dreams tocome true. She took herson'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 afireman 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 the local fire department in Phoenix, Arizona,where she met Fireman Bob Klein,a former Jaycee Chapter President, whohad 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 aroundthe block on a fireengine.
Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have yourson ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary fireman for the whole day. He can come downto the Fire Station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if you'llgive us his sizes, we'll get a real uniform for him, with a real fire hat- not a toy one - with theemblem 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 Bobpicked 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 itback to the firestation. He was in Heaven. There were three fire callsin Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rodein the different fire engines, the paramedic's van and even the fire...