It’s a dream for a lot of children to become firefighters. For many of these children, they get their very own firefighter costumes for Halloween or other events in school where they can dress up as what they want to be when they grow up.
Three-year-old Henry Iselin shares this dream. However, this young boy was gifted a real fire suit fitted especially for him by the Professional Firefighters of Keene. His father Toby stated that Henry wears this outfit whenever he can, even on normal days at school.
It was in May 2017 when little Henry was only a year and a few months old that he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His father, however, states that Henry is fortunate in that his version of the disease is “one of the more widely known” ones which has been researched extensively by many doctors and scientists.
Furthermore, young Henry no longer deals with sporadic hospitalizations and will finish treatment in August of 2020.
His father mentioned that Henry has had a lot of close-up contact with firefighters in his town. Henry also had the privilege to climb around a fire truck that came to his home’s aid during a carbon monoxide alarm emergency in the past. The Montessori school’s fire awareness sessions have also fueled his fascination with the career.
Dan Lang, one of Keene’s firefighters, shared that he also had the same fascination for fire trucks back when he was a young boy and relates to Henry. He also noted that the firefighters’ union has been raising funds for good causes in their local area for almost a year now. The Iselin family has also received a donation of $500 to pay for Henry’s medications. In another campaign, the union also participated in selling T-shirts for one of Keene’s veteran support groups, Ruck Up Inc.
The Iselin family is grateful for the firefighters’ efforts. They are not only able to help financially but are also able to spread greater awareness in the community.