On Sunday, March 22nd, firefighters from Cottleville and O’Fallon Fire Districts teamed up to give a very special birthday to a well deserving young man. Brendan Myers, of O’Fallon, was surprised on his….
10th birthday when an O’fallon Fire truck showed up in front of his house. He was even more surprised to learn that he was taking a ride on the truck with the firefighters.
Brendan was a victim of shaken baby syndrome eight years ago and, as a result, he faces difficult challenges that most kids do not. Therefore, Brendan was selected as an honorary “Firefighter for a Day”. The two fire districts collaborated in setting up events at both O’Fallon and Cottleville fire stations for Brendan’s birthday.
First, Brendan arrived at Cottleville Fire Station 1 and was greeted by firefighters, district board members, and Nealy Nicolay, Cottleville’s first “Firefighter for a Day”. Brendan was presented with an authentic fire helmet with his name on the shield and a gift card to Toys-R-Us. Brendan found great pleasure in activating the sirens on Pumper 8744 and was exhilarated by being raised up 100’ in the bucket of Ladder Truck 8712.
Next, Brendan left Cottleville and travelled in the fire truck to O’Fallon Fire Station 3. There he was able to operate a hose line and enjoyed spraying the firefighters and getting them wet. At the end of the day Brendan was tired, but all smiles.
Brendan’s parents, Will and Patty Meyers, would like to bring awareness to Shaken Baby Syndrome. About 1300 children per year in the US suffer from severe for fatal head trauma from child abuse. For more information, please visit www.dontshake.org.
“Firefighter for a Day” is an on-going CFO program. For more information and/or an application, please call Dan Faulkner at 636-447-6655 ext. 8727.