Toddler with brain cancer becomes firefighter for a day

Aiden Rawls, 3, worked the fire hose, sat in the fire truck and went up in the ladder truck at Lake Mary Fire Department


By FireRescue1 Staff

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A toddler battling brain cancer became a hero for a day by becoming an honorary firefighter.

WFTV reported that 3-year-old Aiden Rawls spent the day at Lake Mary Fire Department as an honorary firefighter through a program that grants wishes of kids with cancer.

Rawls donned a firefighter helmet as he rode in the fire truck, worked the fire hose and went up in the ladder truck.

“They love it. They have a chance to be a firefighter for the day. They get to work with us. They sit down and eat lunch with us and they get to go for a ride on the fire truck,” Lt. Bruce Williams said.

Lt. Williams said he came up with the honorary firefighter idea two years ago in an effort to put a smile on the faces of children who are enduring so much pain.

“It’s something that we will never forget, and we can look back at it and show him pictures and videos and it’s something that he will always remember,” Lt. Williams said.

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