We like to say a wish is only limited by a child’s imagination, but sometimes a wish sparks an idea that grows leaps and bounds beyond even what our Wish Kids can dream.
Eight-year-old Noah’s wish started with his fascination with all things police, fire, and rescue, and with his love of the 1970s television show, Emergency. When Noah asked to go to Los Angeles for a rescue adventure, little did we know that he would capture not only the imaginations, but the hearts of an entire city.
The enthusiasm for Noah and the excitement about his wish was evident at his wish reveal, when members of the South Burlington Police and Fire Departments and Milton Rescue were on hand to help share the good news. Fire Captain Gary Rounds told Local 22 & Local 44 News that he knew the trip would be a nice break from the many hospital visits. "I had a son that received a Make-A-Wish back in 89," said Captain Rounds. Before heading out west, Captain Rounds and his crew gave Noah a little training. "He's got to grow a little bit but he looked good in the fire gear and the fire hat, and he's not afraid of the fire truck. Some kids are a little hesitant but he didn't, so that's a great start," said Captain Rounds.
Noah’s red carpet treatment began even before he left his home in St. George. He received a police and fire escort to the Burlington International Airport, complete with lights and sirens. In Los Angeles, he was greeted by members of both the LAPD and LAFD who decked out Noah in his very own rescue gear! Every local L.A. news station was on hand as Noah rode in a police helicopter and fire boat, and as he took part in a simulated police chase and helped catch the bad guys! Noah was given command of the police, fire, and bomb squads, met the K-9 unit, and had a special one-on-one visit with the chief of police. Not only was Noah the hero of his very own rescue adventure, but also became a hero to so many people who shared in his story and were inspired by this incredibly warm and caring, upbeat, and enthusiastic boy!