10-year-old honorary firefighter dies of cancer

Kevin Olguin lost a three-year battle after being diagnosed with two brain tumors


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville's youngest firefighter has died. 

Visitation for 10-year-old Kevin Olguin is set for Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home in Jeffersontown. The young Buechel boy lost a three-year battle with cancer on Monday.  In Feb. 2013, Louisville firefighters granted Kevin a surprise wish, letting him serve with their department for a day. Kevin dreamed of being a firefighter.

It started when Captain Mark LeMaster quickly forged a friendship with Kevin over their shared desire to battle the flames. "I work in the schools and I was assigned to his school one day and he came to the office having a bad day, not feeling good," Capt. LeMaster recalled, back in 2013. LeMaster reached out to his Battalion Chief with Louisville Fire and Rescue, just hoping to bring Kevin in for a tour of the station. It turned into much more: a field trip for his entire third grade class, with Kevin as the star attraction. 

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