6-year-old cancer victim made honorary firefighter in NYC

The firefighters of Ladder Co. 24 and Engine Co. 1 admired Liam's fighting spirit and gave him his own locker


The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A 6-year-old boy who was made an honorary New York City firefighter during his battle with cancer has been remembered at a solemn memorial service.

Little Liam Witt died Jan. 24 after enduring years of radiation and chemotherapy.

AP Photo/Kathy WillensA miniature firefighter's jacket and helmet belonging to six year-old cancer victim Liam Witt hangs beside its adult-sized equivalents at Engine Co. 1 and Ladder Co. 24in New York prior to a memorial service for Witt on Monday.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens
A miniature firefighter's jacket and helmet belonging to six year-old cancer victim Liam Witt hangs beside its adult-sized equivalents at Engine Co. 1 and Ladder Co. 24in New York prior to a memorial service for Witt on Monday.

The firefighters of Ladder Co. 24 and Engine Co. 1 admired Liam's fighting spirit. They gave him his own locker in their midtown Manhattan firehouse.

Dozens of firefighters attended Monday's service at the nearby St. Francis of Assisi Church. Bagpipers played. Speakers included a doctor and a nurse from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center who treated Liam.

Mementos from Liam's life on display at the church included his scooter and a Curious George book.

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