The News, February 9, 2009

Firefighters’ generosity overwhelms, letter to the editor


Cody regularly hears the fire trucks with their sirens blaring as they head out of Firehall 1, which is only a couple of blocks away from where he lives.

The other day, for the first time he got to sit inside one and explore all the fascinating controls, covering his ears while listening to the loud noises the trucks make.

My son Cody, who just turned five, sees with his hands because he was born without sight. The kind firefighters of Clearbrook Firehall on George Ferguson Way welcomed him warmly into their place of work.

After the fire hall eagerly granted a request from Cody’s therapist, Emily, to come have a tour, she accompanied Cody as he got a king’s reception. He was given free rein to explore, feel, listen to and even taste some of the goodies they gathered for him.

When Emily returned home with Cody, passing me all the goodies they gave him (T-shirts, erasers, candies, fire hats), she shared his experience.

I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude and encouraged once again by the generosity of others.

To those firefighters who were there to give Cody the grand tour, I want to say thanks for helping Cody learn more about firetrucks and fire halls and of the warm-hearted people who work within! Next time Cody hears the sirens, he will remember who and what brings them to life.

Corinne Mutch (now Martens)



Publication title: The News


Publication date: Feb 9, 2009


Publisher: Torstar Syndication Services, a Division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited

Place of publication: Abbotsford, B.C.


Document type: Editorial


Copyright: (Copyright (c) 2009 Black Press Group Ltd.)



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