6-Year-Old Honorary Firefighter Loses Battle With Leukemia, 3 Weeks After Being Sworn In
A young Ohio honorary firefighter was given a hero's funeral after losing his fight against leukemia just three weeks after he was sworn in.
Brian Ford, 6, was honored Monday with a firefighter's farewell in the company of friends, family and the Fredericktown Community Fire District Station 410 after becoming the station's first honorary firefighter just weeks before his death.
Close friend and firefighter Jason Bostic carried Brian's tiny uniform in his arms as he followed firefighters who carried the casket, and others who carried an American flag and axes.
"Today we buried my friend, my superhero, my brother, and an amazing little boy," Bostic, who was the first person to suggest the department make the boy their first honorary firefighter, wrote on his Facebook. "Through all the pain, through my sadness, Brian I hope that you can see me smiling, because my heart is full from having had you in my life."
The procession lifted his casket into the firetruck as a part of the touching ceremony, fit for a hero.
"Brian deserved to be an honorary firefighter for his courageousness, his bravery in the way he fights," Bostic told InsideEdition.com in a previous interview. "If Brian stood in front of me today, and he was at the age to be a part of the fire department, I would absolutely love to have him around."
The boy passed away last Wednesday after a lengthy battle against acute undifferentiated leukemia.
That day, Bostic wrote on his Facebook: "He gained his wings today and is pain-free cancer free and with his friends and in a better place"
The following Friday night, the fire station encouraged other fire houses and law enforcement agencies to turn on their emergency lights for one minute in rememberance of the Alexandria boy.
All this in memory of a boy who's life was touched by the support of fire departments in the area.
Brian's dad, Tim Bowers, told InsideEdition.com in an earlier interview that on one of the final nights before he passed away, "[Brian] was laying there sleeping. They had put him on morphine and oxycodone and he started saying, 'Mom, we have got to get up and put out a fire.'"