A 3-year-old boy is the newest addition to the team of firefighters at the New York City Fire Department.
Trucker Dukes, who was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma when he was 19 months old, will be sworn in as an FDNY honorary firefighter on May 31. The kid will be sworn in by Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Trucker’s deep interest towards fire trucks and firefighters is inspired from his father, Joshua Dukes, who himself is a firefighter.
Trucker receives treatment in New York, and so has to travel back and forth from Hawaii, where he lives, with his mother, the Huffington Post reports.
Trucker has become friends with firefighters at the Fire Department City of New York. His introduction with Captain Jim Grismer occurred when the latter was responding to a call at the Ronald McDonald House, where the child had been staying. The impression that Trucker had on the captain was so profound that FDNY said they will make him an honorary firefighter on May 31 in Brooklyn.
“We are so blessed to have been adopted by the FDNY,” Shauna Dukes, Trucker’s mom, said, as reported by FOX News. “Time and time again, I have watched big, tough men fall in love with Trucker. It’s really something special.”
In March, a picture of Trucker and Captain Grismer was shared on the Team Trucker Facebook page. When the commissioner’s office in New York saw the picture, they decided to send an invitation to the boy to become an honorary firefighter.
“This honor is so special to us because Trucker-Boy really thinks he’s a fireman,” Dukes said. “We are so blessed to have been adopted by the FDNY.”
Trucker’s cancer is stable right now. “He feels really good,” Dukes said, adding that the tumors from his brain and abdomen have been removed.