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Samuel Gears Up

“ Samuel was smiling from ear to ear! ”

Samuel’s determination and drive to continue fighting his critical illness is heroic and admirable. These are traits that the Tampa Fire Rescue Department thought to be particularly special. When they found out Samuel wanted to be a firefighter, they invited him to join their team.  

After being sworn in and issued a uniform, Samuel was eager to get on the fire engine. His team gave him a tour of the truck and explained how all the tools were used. Samuel was all smiles as he rode to their first mission: a water rescue. They jumped on a firefighting boat and Samuel was able to put out of fire on his own. He felt so accomplished!

Next, they drove over to a mock car crash where Samuel had to cut out a door that had been crushed. With help from his team, Samuel used an intricate hydraulic cutter to remove the front door. The last thing on their to-do list was to put out a large fire and make sure nobody was hurt in the process. Samuel successfully extinguished the flames using a giant hose and his own two hands. Samuel’s team couldn’t believe how persistent and strong he was during the process.

Throughout the day, Samuel’s joy was evident. One of the local firemen said, “I will never forget the look on his face and his bright smile.” 

Wish Granters: Nelcy A. Rivera-De Leon & Roger Zehr
Referred by Inez Marcano, his social worker
Wish adopted by Transportation Control Systems and Steve & Natalie Gillis





  • Samuel's wish to be a firefighter

  • Samuel's wish to be a firefighter

  • Samuel's wish to be a firefighter

  • Samuel's wish to be a firefighter

  • Samuel's wish to be a firefighter

  • Samuel's wish to be a firefighter

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