Leukemia boy’s last wish to be a fireman

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.

This is a true story.

Source of article.

From : Wilson Yeo SM PSR


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2 Responses to Leukemia boy’s last wish to be a fireman

  1. agongkia says:

    This story shows that there is a difference in being where you are born if being born with defects..
    If born here,maybe many would blame the poor mother for asking for the unnecessary ,not caring for her son’s safety,her fault for being in such state,even for failing to report to the Fire Dept that his son is now happily in heaven and how he is coping with his training there.

    As for me,if I can have a chance to be so fortunate like Billy and my wish can be granted before I kick the bucket,I wish to request that Anti Vice to let me join in their anti vice raid.Even with a weak and dying body,I still can have a chance to sit in their vehicles,play with handcuff,maybe secretly asking them to allow me to dress like auntie and do body searches on female suspects..hehe..

  2. It seems that you really love women? You are really addicted to women right? Any woman is good for you even those those that anti vice go after? Actually most of us are like you. It’s just that we – unlike you are embarrassed to declare openly!
    Yes. It depends on where you are born really to get that sort of special treatment. In Calgary , Alberta – Canada the city is more than 5,000 sq km compared to us at only 710 square km. the population there is only slightly more than 1.3 million whereas we are having more than 5 million people here on this tiny piece of rock.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgary and
    So living in that country could be different from here. Here we got FTs, Blanga, Filipinos, PRCs, Msians, Indians etc. Every 3 or 4 citizens, there is a foreigner amongst us. The govt still feel not enug. Must have some FTs to grow our GDP, depress our wages and etc. The mentality or culture here is to make more money, profits and reserves at the expense of local citizens. They are greedy and care abt money and profits only. Do you think our Fire Dept will do the same for the little boy. With the kind of unfeeling bureaucracy here and our smart mandarins here only interested on the bottom line – do you think they possess the same gung ho attitude like that Canadian fire chief? I don’t think so.
    I’m sure you must have heard of poor citizens begging just for a little more than the miserable crumbs or respected average citizens got warded in the hospital keep on asking about how u going to pay for the medical bills or if you got money to pay etc. Even if you use your own CPF medisave to pay for the medical bills, you still need to pay admin costs. Imagine using your own money and being charged for it!
    Pls tell me where on this earth such a thing happens? Where is the logic? What sort of govt is this? Do u thing our little boy in the story will get the same treatment here in Sg?
    I leave it to your imagination. Really langgar!

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