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4-year-old Mich. girl uses Christmas money to buy firefighters lunch

Alexis Wilcox said it was 4-year-old Rowan’s idea to bring lunch to Grand Haven Township firefighters


The Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue firehouse.

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By Kayla Tucker
Grand Haven Tribune

GRAND HAVEN TWP., Mich. — A local girl decided to use Christmas money she received to show appreciation to the local fire department.

Alexis Wilcox said she and her family live close to the Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue Station, driving by almost daily.

“She’s been wanting to visit for a long time,” Wilcox said of her 4-year-old daughter, Rowan. “When she got some money at Christmas she got the idea to bring them some kind of lunch.”

So, on Thursday, Wilcox and her daughters showed up to the station with food from Jimmy John’s.

“They pulled up right after we had got back from a call,” said Lt. David Peterson.

Rowan Wilcox gave the firefighters their lunch, and then she and her 2-year-old sister, Rorie, got a tour of the station and trucks, were gifted fire hats and stuffed animals and Rowan even got to spray water from the fire hose and turn on the emergency lights in the truck.

“They really had a lot of fun,” Wilcox said. “She’s ready to become a firefighter. Once we got back in the car and got home she was like, ‘I think I want to do that.’”

Peterson said he and the other firefighters were grateful for the opportunity.

“Having somebody at that age to be thinking about doing something good for us here and the community in general is always encouraging,” Peterson said. “Certainly it makes us feel good about what we do here. It makes us realize we have a big impact on young people.”

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