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Beware I'm posting this email - It almost made me cry, but it's beautifu

My2Beauties wrote: 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
> program. Having his dream come true, with all 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
> 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.
> Send this to at least four people that I wanted God to bless and
> picked you. Please pass this to at least four
> people you want to be blessed.
> This story is powerful and there is nothing attached, please do
> not break this pattern; uplifting stories are one
> of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost
> but a lot of rewards, let's continue to uplift one another.
> *****************************
> Stop telling God how big your storm is.
> Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is !!!

MomofJandB replied: OMG! That was beautiful! I have tears in my eyes! What a wonderful story!

5littleladies replied: That is a beautiful story! It brought tears to my eyes.

Maddie&EthansMom replied: Okay, I'm bawling now. bawling.gif bawling.gif bawling.gif

MommyToAshley replied: bawling.gif bawling.gif bawling.gif I can't speak at the moment, what a touching story. wub.gif

~Roo'sMama~ replied: That's so sad and beautiful... I've got tears in my eyes. bawling.gif

TANNER'S MOM replied: I am sittin at my desk crying and crying bawling.gif

My2Beauties replied: I know I sit in an open cubicle and I had to wipe my eyes and start typing and thinking about something else.

A&A'smommy replied: That is in incredibly beautiful!!!! bawling.gif bawling.gif

loveydad replied: THats beautiful! Even made me cry. I guess i'm sentimental.

loveydad replied: Now im pissed. I teared up and my contact went all weird and it took me twenty minutes to fish it out! LOL!

Thanks a lot!

redchief replied: The true account of that little boy is even better, because it's not a story. It really happened. The email that's been circulated has been embellished a little, by the chief of the Phoenix Fire Department. I think the true story is more touching because there isn't any playing with the facts, and that's not all the good that happened to "Billy".

"Billy" is actually 7-year-old Frank Salazar (his nickname was "Bopsy") and he was the first child to be helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It happened in 1981 (before many of you were born). It was Make-A-Wish that made the contact with the Phoenix Fire Department as a part one of three wishes that Bopsy had. The other two were to visit Disneyland and ride in a hot-air balloon. Make-A-Wish granted all three of young Frank's wishes.

Fireman Bob was a local TV personality and is a Phoenix Firefighter. It was he that Make-A-Wish contacted. His real name is Bob Walp. The Phoenix Fire Department is one of the most well trained and forethinking fire departments in the country. They had a spot on a local TV kids' show where Fireman Bob spoke about fire safety for kids. They also have a great policy of never saying "no" to a request that they could grant.

Most of the rest of the email are true except that five firemen (not 16) came to see Bopsy the day he died, and they DID come in the window. Bopsy died later that evening.

I studied under their chief (as have many fire fighters in this country). Bob Walp is still with the Phoenix Fire Department; I'm not sure what his rank is (last I knew he was an engineer). He's also an Air Force Reserve Firefighter where he holds the rank of chief.

To learn more about these guys:

Official website of the Phoenix Fire Department

The littlest fire fighter story; Posted by Chief Alan Brunacini

Air Force Reserve Humanitarian Page where Chief Walp was featured

The home page of the Make-A-Wish Foundation

I only hope someday I will have the courage personally touch someone the way they touched that little boy and his family.

~Roo'sMama~ replied: That's cool that it's a true story. I was wondering if it was! wink.gif

MomToMany replied: bawling.gif OK, now that I know that it's a true story, I'm bawling.

Nicole replied: OH my gosh it made me cry! bawling.gif bawling.gif How sweet and sad!

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