Boy battling illness becomes firefighter for a day

Chase Boucher was officially sworn in as a firefighter for the day. (June 16, 2015)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Tuesday was a special day for a Muskegon boy battling a life-threatening illness.

Hundreds turned out to see his wish come true as 5-year-old Chase Boucher was officially sworn in as a firefighter for the day.

Complete with turnout gear and a real badge from the North Muskegon fire chief — Chase is official.

That was just the beginning as firefighter Chase learned the ropes, or in this case, the fire hose and the ins and outs of the trucks and fire station.

Back outside, another surprise, as departments from as far as Traverse City honored him with a parade. Both Chase and mom completely overwhelmed.

“I’m so thankful that we live in this community. It’s so great to see people come out and support Chase and anyone else. I think it’s great,” said Holly Homa, Chase’s mom.

Chase has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. His special day was made possible by Make-A-Wish. The organization will grant over 400 wishes this year to Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

“And the ability to choose anything they want for their wish helps them regain a sense of power and regain their sense of childhood,” said President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Karen Davis.

But wait, an alarm — there is a fire at the Muskegon city station and the department needs help. So firefighter Chase strapped in and was off to take the call.

He arrived to heavy smoke but the blaze was no match for this rookie as he quickly doused the flames. It was well-deserved praise for this hero who has been fighting his whole life.

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