Wildwood City Fire Department Makes Boy's Dream Come True

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WILDWOOD, N.J. -

Lucky youngsters in Wildwood spent the week learning what goes into being one of their heroes.

But some of the firefighters working with them say that one little boy is actually their hero.

Kids enrolled in Wildwood City Fire Department's Cadet program received lessons in fire safety, truck operations, water rescues, and a visit from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service's helicopter this week.

As the program came to an end on Friday with each cadet graduating, there was one young man who received special recognition.

Four-year-old Jackson Mitchell has a disease which is causing him to lose his eyesight rapidly, but on Friday the young man's dream of becoming a fire chief came true.

During the recognition, Jackson received both a fire department badge and a fire chief's helmet. Jackson's mother, Christy, said that each day this week, he woke up excited to go to camp. 


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