A Colorado teenager has been made an honorary firefighter in his local town of Craig, a huge morale boost and a historic first for the department.
13-year-old JP Price -who is wheelchair bound due to muscular dystrophy- was inducted as Craig Fire Rescue’s first honorary firefighter.
“One of the cool things I get to do as fire chief is promote firefighters,” said Craig Fire Chief KC Hume on Thursday night. “Tonight, I get to do that again. But tonight, this is the first, at least to my knowledge, in the history of Craig Fire/Rescue, that we induct our first honorary Craig firefighter.”
The relationship between CFD and Prices is rather personal- Price was diagnosed with MD ten years ago, and Craig Fire has raised over $50,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Fill the Boot campaign.
“We’ve developed a friendship,” Hume said. “We see you quite frequently, and it’s very special to us. I would offer up that you have made us a better team, have made us a better organization, and quite frankly, have made us better men and women.”
To re-emphasise how close Price and CFD are, it would be fair to say the matter is a family affair. After all, Battalion Chief Troy Hampton is his uncle.
“He’s my nephew, and he come up with that disease about nine or 10 years ago,” Hampton said. “I had been running the MDA fill the boot drive, and we started that back up again. Every one of these guys would come out and spend time with that little guy, and it’s just become a family. We welcome him as one of our brothers now. We’re a pretty tight-knit group.”
According to the Craig Daily Press, Price was issued badge number 7, and will be the only individual to ever hold the number.
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