Photo of the Week: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helps teen become firefighter for a day
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This week’s Photo of the Week shows how Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in Florida helped a teen who suffered a terrible tragedy follow his dreams by making him a firefighter for a day.
Sherrod Saunders, 13, was outfitted in turnout gear and given a hands-on experience with firefighter training after the fire department partnered with the Miami Children’s Initiative. Saunder’s sister Chassidy, 6, was killed in a drive-by shooting at a birthday party in January, and the Miami Children’s Initiative reached out to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue after learning that Saunders had an interest in becoming a firefighter.
The teen told NBC Miami that his sister would want him to become a firefighter so he could help people.
“Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Keith Bell said experiences like this one helps our youth reach their dreams and goals by showing them that if they can ‘see it,’ they can ‘be it,’” the Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle wrote about the event.
Firefighters also gave Saunders and his cousin Abigail Bailey, 15, the opportunity to spray a fire hose.
“Now they both want to be firefighters!” Rundle wrote.