3-year-old fighting cancer becomes honorary NYC firefighter
Big things come in small packages. And one brave little boy's undying love for firefighters has gotten him a lot of attention.
Trucker Dukes will be sworn in as an FDNY honorary firefighter on May 31, according to the Huffington Post.
The 3-year-old was diagnosed with stage IV cancer when he was only 19 months old, and now he splits his time between his home state of Hawaii and New York where he receives treatment.
Trucker's adorable obsession with all things related to firemen came from his dad, Joshua Dukes, who's a firefighter in Maui.
See Trucker and his supporters:
"This honor is so special to us because Trucker-Boy really thinks he's a fireman," Trucker's mom, Shauna Dukes, told the Huffington Post. "We are so blessed to have been adopted by the FDNY."
Trucker developed his friendship with New York City's firemen when Captain Jim Grismer responded to a call from the Ronald McDonald House where Trucker and his mom were staying. When Grismer arrived in his fire truck Trucker couldn't contain himself.
"I see this little boy excitedly walking towards me with his eyes aglow. I opened my arms and he basically climbed up and hugged me around the neck," Grismer said. "It was as if we've been friends/brothers for years."
Since then Trucker has become a regular at the fire station. He even celebrated his third birthday with the crew.
Currently, Trucker's cancer is stable and his mom said "he feels really good." He's had several surgeries, chemotherapy and is participating in a clinical trial at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
It looks like there's nothing this tough little guy can't handle especially with awesome FDNY friends by his side.