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1st grade student delivers well wishes to injured fire chief

Rochester, N.Y. Deputy Fire Chief, Martin McMillan with the Rochester Fire Department spent his career being there for others.

On November 29, the weekend after Thanksgiving, he had to rely on others to help him.

It was a completely different perspective the fact that I was extricated from my car by my guys, that I sit down and have dinner with and have lunch with every day, McMillan said.

On that day, McMillan was off duty.

He was in his SUV on Main Street in Rochester when he was hit by a suspected shoplifter who was fleeing police.

That accident left McMillan with broken ribs, sternum and three broken vertebrae.

He also needs a brace to stand up.

Friday, McMillan got a boost; he received a huge gift from a little neighbor with a big idea.

Hope you feel better, here are some wishes from the World of Inquiry school, six year old Enzo Vinci said.

Vinci wanted to do something nice for his neighbor, McMillan.

So, he told his teacher that he wanted to make a big get well book filled with best wishes.

The idea took off to the entire school.

The result was a 26 page book filled with dozens of personalized messages. Wow look at this. I'm not going to read them right now because you're going to make me cry, McMillan told Vinci. Big bad firemen aren't supposed to cry.

For Vinci, the concept was simple.

It was based on principles he learned at school.

 Mainly because he's our friend and we've been studying service and compassion and I just came up with this idea because it was Christmas, Vinci said.

"Were so proud of him, he respects the chief and firemen all over, when he had the idea, it was just amazing that he showed who he was and were so proud of him," Enzos father Mark Vinci said.

Enzos teacher, Ingrid Dickson said his act is empowering.

Wonderful ideas can come from anybody.

It's been overwhelming emotionally, it really has but it makes me feel very good, McMillan said.

McMillan said his colleagues and the community have stepped up, cooking dinners for him and his family.

McMillan, who's spent his life helping others as a firefighter, has now come to rely on others.

I have been inundated with old friends from every walk of life and it's been an eye opening experience, McMillan said. I can't say enough about the people at strong, just incredible.

Overall, McMillan said hes doing well and he expects to return to work soon.

Alexis Arnold, 13WHAM-TV

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