Friday, October 19, 2012

Keeghan's Best Day EVER!!!

So my friend Lisa lives in Ohio. We met because we both happen to have daughters with Down syndrome. Her daughter Mara is completely adorable!! Back in 2008 we went to Cincinnati to the children's hospital there for Kennedy to see a GI doctor and we were able to get together with Lisa and her family. Lisa's husband Tom is a Fire Chief in their town and he offered to give us a tour of the station and let us meet the firemen and stuff! It was SO fun! Here are pictures from that day...

Fast forward to now, I happen to have this little boy who wants SO badly to be a fireman. It's a common topic of conversation in our house. Many of Keeghan's sentences start off with, "When I'm a firefighter..." Lisa and Tom know this of course, so Tom offered to talk to some of his firefighter friends here and see if he could arrange a tour of the firehouse for Keeghan. I told him that would be awesome!!

A few days ago, I got a phone call from a fireman here at Station 19. They wanted to know if it would be ok to come visit Keeghan at the house. Uhhh, YEAH! LOL I didn't tell Keeghan what was going on, I just told him that a big surprise was coming. He spent all morning trying to guess, but he never figured it out.

At 10:00 this morning, TWO big firetrucks pulled up to our house and freaked out all our neighbors. The entire crew from Station 19 came with them. And thus began Keeghan's best day ever...

 Keeghan meeting the firefighters... he's in shock. LOL 

 Checking out the truck... COOL!!!

 Listening to the fireman explain what everything is inside... 

 COOL! The hose!!

 Where's the water???

 There it is!!

 WOW! It shoots high!!

 Roll it back up...

Kameron talking through the headset. Hopefully he wasn't telling the dispatchers there was an emergency!

 Maybe the boys were talking to each other!

 Getting ready for a ride!

 Lights and sirens going... what a thrill! And more panic for the neighbors lol. 

 That was fun!

 Learn Not to Burn... That's a good motto for a fireman! LOL 

 I think he looks pretty good in there!

 That's pretty cool!... and HEAVY!

 I wonder what they do with this?!
 The kids and the firemen from Station 19!

One step closer to being a REAL fireman!

Thank you, Station 19 for making Keeghan's YEAR! He'll be talking about this forever!! Thank you, Tom and Lisa for setting this up for him! I love to see my little boy so excited! :) 

25 comments :

Amy said...

Beyond awesome! I love it!

Milena said...

I get teary-eyed as I read. What a wonderful thoughtful gift!

kntsmom said...

Wow, sounds like the best day ever. I loved reading about this. Made me smile. :) Thanks for sharing.

Sewconsult said...

That out ranks any gift a kid could get.

my family said...

omg how cool!

Holly Aytes said...

How awesome! I love that it was a surprise!

TK said...

Why are firemen always HOT?

Liz said...

Talk about firemen going over and above to create a special experience for Keeghan. How exciting!! I got goosebumps reading this.

Kathyb1960 said...

OH MY GOSH! I AM SO EXCITED FOR HIM! I am a huge EMERGENCY fan, and love the show so much! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE to see FF's and Paramedics!

I know Keeghan will remember this for a very long time. About 10 years ago (at least) we were in Austin, and my cousins were Volunteer FF's. My cousin knew how big of a fan I was, so she asked me if I wanted to go see their Volunteer Station! WELL OF COURSE I DID!

So, we went over there, and then I ended up getting to ride in the Fire Engine back over to the house. I don't think she turned on the lights and siren tho. But OH MAN! I was so excited! And I was probably in my late 20's!!! That was just a thrill for me, and I know it will be a thrill for him for a long long time!

I'm glad you have pictures b/c I think we might have just one. It was before cell phone cameras! It was so neat!

WOW! I'm so excited for him! And for ya'll!

Notsopc said...

OH MY.. What a surprise he had.. I just was smiling thinking of the fun he had.. Awesome pictures... and oh how those mountains look so beautiful..

ourjoyfulljourney said...

That is TOOOOOOOO cool!!!!!! How awesome for Keeghan..a day i am sure he will Never forget!
I am loving that last pic of him..one day when he is a firefighter..it will be SO cool to take a similar pic of him and put them side by side..Too cute!!! :)

CCDunnam said...

That's too cool! Kahlan what's to ba a firewoman when she grows up. Her grandfather is a fireman.

Anne B. said...

FABULOUS!!! Kudos to Station 19 for their care and kindness!! The pics of your little Fire Chief are priceless....congratulations Chief Keeghan!!!! Love this story!!! (((BIG HGUS)))!!!

Emma Stormy said...

What an incredibly awesome thing for them to do! I LOVED seeing the pictures and the smile on Keeghan's face. What a thrill!! That's a wonderful group of firefighters!!

Kim said...

Oh how wonderful! We had firemen come up to the preschool I work at last week for Fire Safety. They didn't even talk to the kids and didn't allow them to get up in their truck. We had never experienced such a strange visit from a group of firefighters. It looks like Keeghan (and the other kids) had a great time! I am in love with the view of the mountains that you have each and every day that you look outside! It's beautiful!

JB said...

I'm not usually a crier but the tears are streaming. Someone should have done a news story on this; the world needs this kind of good news out there.

JennaJennJenn said...

So awesome!! I bet he was practically floating all day. You make me want to move to Colorado with that picture of the mountains in the background. Just beautiful. And some of those firefighters aren't bad to look at either. Heh

Lynn said...

This is fantastic! My daughter would be so jealous if she knew! Yes...my 22 year old daughter! ;o)
Whatever happens keep your eyes on the Lord! Praying!
Psalms 62:1-2 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
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Cindy said...

Oh my gosh, this was SO cool!! Those firefighters have such big hearts. Glad your kids had an awesome time!

Lynn said...

And now the poor boy's sick! At least he wasn't sick for the fun with the firemen!
The Lord is always with you! Praying!
Psalms 62:5-8 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
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Jen T. said...

Now if only they had firehouse monkeys and wore green turnouts...

Lynn said...

Lifting up prayers!
Psalms 145:14-18 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
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Lynn said...

Know that I'm here lifting up thoughts and prayers.
Psalms 107:28-31 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
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Barbara said...

So much fun!

Lynn said...

Know that I'm always here praying so very, very hard!
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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