LITTLE FIREMAN

Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is.

In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old  mother stared down at her 6 year old
son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart  was filled
with  sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any
parent, she  wanted her son to grow up  and fulfill all his dreams.
Now that was no longer possible.
The leukemia would see to that. But she  still wanted her son's  dreams
to come true. She took her son's hand and asked, "Billy, did you ever
think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever  dream
and wish what you would do with your life?"  Mommy, "I always wanted to
be a fireman when I grew up."  Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see if
we can make your wish come true."

Later that day she went to her local fire department in Phoenix,
Arizona
, where  she met Fireman Bob, who  had a heart as big as Phoenix.
She explained her son's final wish and asked If it might be possible to
give her  six-year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.
Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do  better than that. If you'll have
your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an
honorary fireman for the whole day. He  can come down to the fire
station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine
yards! And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a  real fire uniform
for him,  with a real fire hat-not a toy one-with the emblem of the
Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like  we wear and rubber
boots. They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get
them fast."

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up  Billy, dressed him in  his fire
uniform and escorted Him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and
ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the  back of The truck and help  steer
it back to the fire station.  He was in heaven. There were three fire
calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go  out on all three calls.
He  rode in the different fire engines, the paramedic's van, and even
the Fire chief's car.

He was also videotaped for the local news The love and  attention that
was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived three
months longer than any doctor thought possible.

One night all of  his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the
head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept that no one should  die
alone, began to call  the family members to the hospital.  Then she
remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she called the Fire
Chief
And asked if it would be  possible to send a fireman in uniform to
the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition. The chief
replied,  "We can do better than  that. We'll be there in five minutes.
Will you please do me a favor?
When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you
announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's just the fire
department coming to see one of  its Finest members one more  time. And
will you open the window to his room?


About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital
and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window.
16 firefighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room. With his
mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him  how much
they loved him.  With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire
chief and said, "Chief, am I really a fireman now?" "Billy, you  are,
and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand," the chief said.  With
those words, Billy smiled and said, "I know, He's been holding my hand
all day, and the Angels have been singing.." He closed his eyes one last
time.
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