Boy Fighting Leukemia Becomes Honorary Firefighter
By Natasha Brown
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –It’s a dream come true for six-year-old Aiden Riebel.
He’s officially sworn in as an honorary Washington Township firefighter.
Aiden has been battling Leukemia since he was one.
He went into remission for a while, but has learned that the deadly disease has returned for the third time.
More than anything this very sick little boy wanted to become a firefighter and one town came together to make that happen.
Ed Weitzman of the Washington Township Fire Department says, “He wants to be a firefighter so if we can make that wish come true, that’s what we’re going to do”
Aiden’s day just kept getting better from becoming a fireman.
He got to meet his favorite Phillies baseball player Carlos Ruiz who made a special appearance presenting him with an autographed jersey.
Ruiz says, “This is special.”
All in all, Aiden says it was a good day.
“I haven’t had this much fun but today was a pretty cool day”
And with a nustle from the Phillie Phanatic, another wish comes true for an incredibly resilient little boy.
Aiden’s mom says, “He’s really a special kid because most kids with a relapse for a third time don’t make it and he’s still here.”
Aiden says his favorite part of the day– seeing the Phillie Phanatic, of course!