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Posted: 2/26/2006 7:28:08 PM EDT

> Am I A Fireman Yet??
>
> HOW BIG OUR GOD IS
>
> Stop telling God how big your storm is.
> Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is!
>
> In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared
> down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of
> terminal leukaemia.
>
> 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 leukaemia 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 Phoenix, Arizona,
> where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big
> as Phoenix.=20
>
>
> 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=20
>
>
> fireman for the whole day.
>
> We can come down to the fire station, eat with us,
> go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!=20
>
>
> And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire
> uniform=20
>
>
> 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."=20
>
>
> Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy,
> dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from=20
>
>
> 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=20
>
>
> in the hospice concept - that no one
> should die alone, began to call the family=20
>
>
> 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=20

> 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.=20
> 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,=20

> that there is not a fire?
> It's the department coming to see one of its finest
> members one more time.=20
> 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=20

> 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=20

> 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.=20



Any one from Phoenix know if this is true??

From what I've heard about Phoenix FD it might be real.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 9:58:32 PM EDT
Great story, it is mostly true.

It is the first wish granted by Make-a-Wish

Make-a-Wish History




The first "wish child"
The Make-A-Wish Foundation learned about Frank "Bopsy" Salazar when he was 7 years old. A quiet, thoughtful, and very religious child, Bopsy was diagnosed with leukemia two years earlier, but did not allow his illness to deter his appreciation for life.

At inception, the philosophy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation was to grant one wish for a child. But Bopsy couldn't make up his mind - he had three wishes. He was unable to decide whether he wanted to be a fireman, ride in a hot air balloon, or go to Disneyland. Bopsy was not doing very well, and it was determined that he was to receive all three wishes.

One phone call to the Phoenix Fire Department and the wheels were in motion to make Bopsy's first wish a reality.

The Phoenix Fire Department made sure Bopsy had an experience truly befitting a fireman – making him the first honorary fireman in Phoenix history. A full uniform, complete with a yellow coat and a helmet, was custom made just for him. Bopsy scrambled around the back of Engine 9's ladder truck, and turned on the horn. Following the ride, he doused a few cars with water from a 75-pound hose. At the end of the day, Bopsy was pinned with an official firefighter's badge. Bopsy was a full-fledged fireman – but his wish experience was far from over.

Once again, one phone call and Bopsy's wish to ride in a hot-air balloon also came true. The Foundation contacted Chris and Bob Pearce, hot-air balloon pilots and owners. They were more than happy to offer their assistance, and their balloon.

"I'm Going to Disneyland"
Frank Shankwitz contacted representatives at Disneyland, informed them about Bopsy's situation, and asked for their assistance. Disneyland agreed to create a special day for Bopsy – complete with private tours, meals, gifts, and other amenities. This marked the beginning of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's magical relationship with Disney. Nearly 20 years later, visiting a Disney park remains the Foundation's most requested wish, and Disney continues to be one of the Foundation's largest supporters.

Bopsy's condition worsened not long after returning from California, and he had to return to the hospital. As he slept in his third floor room, someone suddenly knocked on his window and opened it, and in came five of his fellow Phoenix firemen. They had parked their ladder truck below. As his colleagues continued to crawl through the window, Bopsy – now fully awake – could not contain his laughter. Bopsy shared a few laughs and stories with his friends before going back to sleep, with a smile on his face. Later that evening, Bopsy passed away – but not before seeing all three of his fondest wishes come true.




from Snopes



Though the story circulated in e-mail identifies the dying child as "Billy" instead of by his actual name, this Internet tale is a relatively truthful, if badly overwritten, account. It's also (with the exception of the child's name) lifted word-for-word from the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book.
Not that we're going to swear that all Chicken Soup stories are necessarily true, but this one is. In 1981, Frank "Bopsy" Salazar, a 7-year-old dying of leukemia, became the first "wish child" helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This boy from Phoenix had three wishes: to be a fireman, to ride in a hot air balloon, and to go to Disneyland. He ultimately achieved all three, but it's his first wish, the fireman one, that we'll concentrate on here.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted the Phoenix Fire Department (not the boy's mother, as the popular narrative states). From the Make-A-Wish account of the granting of Bopsy's wish to be a fireman

The Phoenix Fire Department made sure Bopsy had an experience truly befitting a fireman — making him the first honorary fireman in Phoenix history. A full uniform, complete with a yellow coat and a helmet, was custom made just for him. Bopsy scrambled around the back of Engine 9's ladder truck, and turned on the horn. Following the ride, he doused a few cars with water from a 75-pound hose. At the end of the day, Bopsy was pinned with an official firefighter’s badge.
Bopsy went on to experience his hot-air balloon ride and his trip to Disneyland. (While in Anaheim, he was treated with every courtesy a visiting fireman could wish for from his Southern California colleagues, including being chauffeured to and from the Los Angeles airport in a fire truck and escorted around the park by two of his fellow firefighters from the Anaheim fire department.)

As for the more fantastic claim made in the e-mail — that Phoenix fireman climbed through the child's hospital window on the night Bopsy died — this too holds true. It was only five firemen instead of the sixteen of the Chicken Soup version, but they did indeed park the hook and ladder below his window, then climb up the ladder and into his room:


Bopsy's condition worsened not long after returning from California, and he had to return to the hospital. As he slept in his third floor room, someone suddenly knocked on his window and opened it, and in came five of his fellow Phoenix firemen. They had parked their ladder truck below. As his colleagues continued to crawl through the window, Bopsy — now fully awake — could not contain his laughter. Bopsy shared a few laughs and stories with his friends before going back to sleep, with a smile on his face. Later that evening, Bopsy passed away — but not before seeing all three of his fondest wishes come true.


Link Posted: 2/27/2006 2:50:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 1:49:51 PM EDT

That one gets ya a little misty.

Link Posted: 2/27/2006 8:50:11 PM EDT


Originally Posted By MeagerMouse:
That one gets ya a little misty.




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