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Aussie Firemen don't just put out fires.
« on: February 09, 2009, 04:01:06 am »

Get the tissues ready you'll need them I did.

This is too beautiful not to pass on and possible the best ever even if not 100% true. 


Am I A Fireman Yet??

In Queensland , Australia , 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 & fulfill all his

Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia would see to that. But
she still wanted her son's dream to come true.

She took her son's hand and asked, 'Ben, 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?'

'Mummy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.'

Mum smiled back and said, 'Let's see if we can make your wish come

Later that day she went to her local fire Station in Brisbane , where
she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Queensland .

She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible
to give her 6 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 full Monty!
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 Queensland
Fire & Rescue Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber

They're all manufactured right here in Brisbane , so we can get them

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Ben, dressed him in his
uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting truck.

Ben 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 Brisbane that day
and Ben got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire
engines that day.

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 Ben, 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 Ben had spent as a fireman, so she called
the Fire Station and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in
uniform to the hospital to be with Ben as he made his transition.

The Officer in charge replied, 'We can do better than that.

We'll be there in five minutes.

Will you please do me a favour? 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 the 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 Ben's third floor open window
16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Ben'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, Ben looked up at the fire chief and said,
'Chief, am I really a fireman now?'

'Ben, you are, and the Head Chief, Lord, is holding your hand,' the
O.I.C said. With those words, Ben 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.

My instructions were to send this to at least four people that I
wanted God to bless and I picked you.

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

 A rousing 3 cheers for Fire fighters (waging war against fire) everwhere.

Hip Hip----------------- HOORAY

Hip Hip ---------------- HOORAY

Hip Hip ---------------- HOORAY

Dave Buckingham

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Re: Aussie Firemen don't just put out fires.
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 06:04:07 am »



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Re: Aussie Firemen don't just put out fires.
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 10:32:53 am »

I'm gonna puke


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Re: Aussie Firemen don't just put out fires.
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009, 01:25:46 pm »

While I bow to nobody in my respect for the Fire & Rescue service .......

My saccharine detection system has gone into overload meltdown and the supply of sick buckets is running out and yet I can still note parts of this story which raise my suspicion of its authenticity.

Where is the family pet dog pawing at Ben's bedclothes and expiring in sympathy with Ben? Every good story has a dead dog in its telling.

Where iis the heavenly choir perched on the bedhead and attested to by all present; several of whom swear to a similarity with Little Jimmy Osmond (aged 9) ?

Where is the gruff old Granpa clutching his rifle and muttering "Out of my cold, dead hand" while Old Glory flutters in the background?

In short, if you believe this, then Barnum was right.

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Re: Aussie Firemen don't just put out fires.
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2009, 01:46:33 pm »

As Admhawk's link shows.

An unfortunate hoax based loosely on an American true story.

Whenever a messages tells you to 'pass it on...' it is a hoax.
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Re: Aussie Firemen don't just put out fires.
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 02:01:28 am »

I'm gonna puke

Andy watch where you puke it might stick to your shoes.


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Re: Aussie Firemen don't just put out fires.
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 02:06:30 am »

The second line of the original post states
" This is too beautiful not to pass on and possible the best ever even if not 100% true."
As all great stories this seems to have grown with each telling, Still a good story that gets you thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-))

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