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Boy becomes firefighter for a day

Irondequoit, N.Y. A fifth grader in Irondequoit was able to live his dream and become a firefighter for a day.

Villegas has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.

Friday morning, his school, Durand Eastman, held a fire drill where a real fire truck came with lights and sirens. The chief of the Ridge-Culver Fire Department presented Villegas with a badge and uniform, all thanks to the Dream Factory.

Instead of returning to class, Villegas got to return to the fire station where he will spend the night and go out on calls.

Ive always seen them go to calls and help people out and save peoples lives and thats what I want to do, says Shaun Villegas.

Its real, says Laura Walitsky with the Dream Factory. Real calls, real things firefighters do. If they get a call at 2 a.m., hes going to get into his gear and hop onto the fire truck.

The Dream Factory grants wishes for children who are critically or chronically ill.

 
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