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Statesboro 7-year-old is fire fighter for a day


Few fire fighters show as much excitement as Aaron Oliver on their first day. The seven year old bounced into the Fair Road Station as Statesboro's newest, and youngest.

"He's been excited about this, riding on the fire truck and hanging out with the fellas," explained his grandmother, Sanda English.

Aaron is battling Acute lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL. He was diagnosed in May and is in the midst of treatment. Firefighters gave him a stocking cap to cover his head, bald from radiation and chemotherapy.

As Statesboro Fire's first Fire Fighter for a Day, Aaron's day included a ride in a fire truck, learning to handle a fire hose, seeing all the equipment fire fighters use and a trip up in the ladder bucket to shoot water from 75 feet in the air. 

During his training, the station horn sounded and he headed to Georgia Southern University's RAC building for a fire alarm. Crews checked the building and reported back to Aaron that the building was all clear.

"Ladder 2 is back in service," he reported back to 911.

He described the whole day as "very cool". Firefighters who organized the program hope that they get that response from other children that sign up to be fire fighters.

"We know alot of it is trucks and lights and sirens, but we hear a lot of times about children who want to be fire figthters," noted Chris Page. "We want them to know that we're here for them, beyond the lights and sirens."

Parents of ill children who want to inquire about the Fire Fighter for a Day program can contact Page at 912.764.3473 (FIRE).


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