Billy Huddleston wrote a letter in the days following the death of Capt. Matthew Porcari, 34, who was killed after the floor gave way while he was inside a burning home.
In the letter, Huddleston says he wanted to cheer the firefighters up by bringing them "cookies or eggs" and telling them jokes.
The Owego firefighters invited Huddleston to the station, creating the perfect playground for a 5-year-old.
"Every day it was 'Momma, when are we going to the fire station? When are we going to the fire station?'" Maria Huddleston told WBNG.
Lt. Lee Dunham, Firefighter Porcari's uncle, who works at the same department, said he was touched by Huddleston's letter.
"It brought tears to my eyes when I read how he wanted to come and bring us cookies or eggs or come and tell jokes. For a 5-year-old kid to write that and be that interested in our fire department, especially Capt. Matt Porcari, it's just overwhelming," Dunham said.
Below is Huddleston's letter:
DEAR OWEGO FIREMEN:
I love you guys because I really love your fire trucks. I am so sad your firefighter died and I love you guys. I'm 5 yrs old and when I grow up I'm gonna move into your fire station because I want to be a firefighter.
Is there anything I can give you to make you feel happy again, like cookies or eggs or visiting you to tell jokes. Maybe a blanket or a present.
I loved Captain Matthew Porcari. Call my Mom if you need me.
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Millie OttoWednesday, February 13, 2013 11:48:27 AMAs I read this story and the letter, I found myself crying. One for your loss, and secondly for the true feelings just a small 5 yr. Old can show, in such a well written letter!!! There should be more people in the world like him, and we would all be better off. He was so respectful, loving, caring and it just broke my heart for your loss, yet made me so proud that he looked up to all of you in such a caring way, worried about your whole dept. I find him amazing and wish there were more people (adults) like him in this world!!! Thank you for setting the bar high Billy!!!
Mizzy ZdrojWednesday, February 13, 2013 11:50:59 AMthat little man right there is exactly why we do this. God rest the soul of Capt. Porcari. we will take it from here, Capttain.
Linda Fish MoormanWednesday, February 13, 2013 11:51:13 AMthere are alot of adults who could take a hint from this caring child.
Beth RutledgeWednesday, February 13, 2013 12:10:40 PMWhat a sweetheart!
Diane SzluchaWednesday, February 13, 2013 12:11:30 PMThe five year old writes from his heart with the only words he knows. He knows what cheers him up and he is happy to give any of that to make the firemen happy again. That is how we all should right. We should just let our heart speak. Sometimes we struggle when all we have to do is ask the Lord to let the words in our heart to flow out. God Bless Matt and keep him safe until we all see him again. God Bless Christina every day and help her through each one. God bless Matt's children and extended family members as they adjust to life without him. And Lord we praise you and thank you for the gift that Matt was.
Jerry MontgomeryWednesday, February 13, 2013 12:28:01 PMGrace and goodness sometimes comes to us in small packages.
Matthew O'TooleWednesday, February 13, 2013 12:37:39 PMI look forward to the day that we can all call this boy one of our own. He will be a welcome addition to our brotherhood.
Becky ReedWednesday, February 13, 2013 1:11:45 PMwow what a very touching letter from such a young man:)
April A Bright WatsonWednesday, February 13, 2013 2:13:39 PMBrought tears to my eyes. What a sweet, caring little boy. God Bless his little heart. :)
Nancy MillerWednesday, February 13, 2013 9:43:41 PMOut of the mouths of Babes....such a great little man! R.I.P. Capt. Porcari.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:02:49 PM"our job is both the greatest and the worst." Captain Matthew Porcari outgrew this world...
Shelby BratcherThursday, February 14, 2013 3:45:33 AMAww that is so sweet! That little boy will be welcomed to any fire station with open arms!
Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:04:24 AMIt doesn't get any better than that, and that is right from the heart.RIP Capt.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:05:48 AMThat says it all and straight from the heart.RIP Capt.
Sandra Strout WhipkeyThursday, February 14, 2013 5:49:32 AMthis is very heart touching and thank you Southtrail Fire and Rescue for sharing this beautiful letter and story...
Justin RogersThursday, February 14, 2013 6:09:42 AMmy faith in humanity has been restored.
Glen GarlandThursday, February 14, 2013 6:45:25 AMHe's got the concept of brotherhood down pat @ 5. He'd be welcome in my department anytime! Most adults should take a lesson from this young man!
Alan Barbeau SrThursday, February 14, 2013 6:49:57 AMMaybe we could all learn something from this little boy I know I sure did
John DradyThursday, February 14, 2013 10:41:06 AMWhat a wonderful little boy who obviously gets his sense of compassion from his parents and those around him. Thanks Billy!
Tom KellyThursday, February 14, 2013 10:50:20 AMIf there was ever a doubt that someone cares about us then they need to read this and bring him something!
Tom KellyThursday, February 14, 2013 10:52:45 AMhe has not been corrupted by materials and his heart should remain pure
Tom KellyThursday, February 14, 2013 10:58:25 AMIts only a matter of time, maybe one the next leaders in the fire service such as Allan Brunacini, Rick Lasky, John Sullivan, or John Salka
Brian HalwachsThursday, February 14, 2013 4:05:10 PMI've done this job for 35 years, the bad far outweighs the good, but it's for kids like this that I and any of the brothers and sisters do this job. Kid, you ever want on the job, I'll give you a reference.
Robert BlackThursday, February 14, 2013 7:31:48 PMOh, the simple innocence of a child. Any of us would be proud to have this young lad visit our house. Can't wait till he's old enough to sign on. Sorry for your loss Brothers.
Trish RickardsFriday, February 15, 2013 8:35:43 PMEveryone should learn from these kind words. Very touching!!
James ComdenWednesday, February 27, 2013 9:30:45 AM"From the mouths of babes..." You know that what a 5 yr. old says comes straight from the heart...he is truly remarkable and will be a great firefighter one day. Many adults could learn a lesson from this 5 yr.old! May GOD bless and watch over him!
Juanita McFarlandSunday, March 03, 2013 2:27:18 PMThis young boy could teach our adults a few things...like humility, caring, and 'Have a Heart'!