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Youth named Firefighter of Day

FirefighterFirefighters from the Cottleville and O’Fallon Fire Districts teamed up to surprise a 10-year-old O’Fallon boy on March 22.

An O’Fallon fire truck showed up in front of Brendan Myers’ house on his birthday to take him for a ride and honor him as “Firefighter for a Day,” an ongoing program through the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach.

Myers was a victim of shaken baby syndrome eight years ago and, as a result, faces difficult challenges ahead, which is one of the reasons the fire districts chose him for the birthday surprise. His parents, Will and Patty Meyers, would like to bring awareness to shaken baby syndrome. About 1,300 children per year in the United States suffer from severe or fatal head trauma from child abuse. [Editor’s note: To learn more about shaken baby syndrome, visit dontshake.org.]

Myers was first taken to the Cottleville Fire Station 1 where he was greeted by firefighters, district board members and Nealy Nicolay, Cottleville’s first “Firefighter for a Day.” At the firehouse Myers was presented with an authentic fire helmet with his name on the shield and a gift card to Toys-R-Us. He activated the sirens on Pumper 8744, and was exhilarated by being raised up 100 feet in the bucket of Ladder Truck 8712.

Next he traveled in the fire truck to O’Fallon Fire Station 3 where he was able to operate a hose line and spray the firefighters.

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