5-year-old boy with cancer becomes honorary firefighter

The department gave Zac Yanch his own bunker gear, which his dad said he slept in most of the night

By FireRescue1 Staff

NORMAN, Okla. — A 5-year-old boy battling cancer was made an honorary firefighter for the day.

KOCO reported that Zac Yanch, who was diagnosed with bone cancer two months ago, is not often able to go to school after he undergoes chemotherapy. Instead, his parents asked the Norman Fire Department if he could check out the station. They made him an honorary firefighter and he even got his own bunker gear.

“He slept in most of it last night,” Zac’s dad, Jeff Yanch, said.

Yanch said seeing his son turned into an honorary firefighter was a great experience.

“Especially since the day before we were in chemotherapy treatment,” Yanch said.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Wilson said they want to help Zac in any way they can while he battles cancer.

“He has a long journey in front of him, and anything we can do to try to help somebody like that we’re certainly willing to do,” he said.


The Norman Fire Department had a special guest this afternoon. He is 5-year-old Zac Yanc, who is battling cancer. Zac...

Posted by Norman Fire Department on Monday, September 25, 2017


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