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Kids dream of firefighting comes to life
Hall Fire Services gives 4-year-old Sean Robertson day to shine
Sean Robertson, 4, gets to hold the fire hose with Hall County Fire Services Lt. Teddy Jarrard on Monday afternoon at the Allen Creek Training Center. The youngster was named “firefighter for the day” and got his own turnout gear and fireman's uniform. Before arriving at the training center, Roberston got a “call for a fire” and arrived to the scene in a fire engine.

Facing the first fire of his career, Sean Robertson walked hand in hand Monday with Hall County Fire Services Battalion Chief Tyler Dorsey.

Sean, 4, talks about being a firefighter every day. His whole room is covered in firefighting gear.

Monday was Sean’s day to shine.

“Every day he talks about, ‘I want to be a firefighter when I grow up.’ Just for him to live it for one day is just amazing,” Sean’s mother, Jessica Robertson, said.

Jessica Robertson’s son was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to wrap around nerve endings throughout the body, at 12 months old. Six months later, the Robertsons found out Sean had developed epilepsy.

“He’s just had a really rough year, in and out of the hospital and trying to get seizures under control,” Jessica Robertson said. “He has a lot of pain, because he has the little tumors throughout his body.”

A series of connections eventually led Jessica Robertson to Dorsey, who got the go-ahead from his superiors at the fire department. Bringing his wife Julie into the project, Dorsey worked on getting a full uniform together for Sean to wear on his big day.

“It’s not going to be complete without actually letting him see a fire and do a fire,” Dorsey said on Sean’s day as a firefighter.

In the morning, Sean met members of the fire department and got to see his favorite part: the firetruck.

“It made noises,” Sean said of his favorite part of the day.

For the grand finale of Sean’s day as a firefighter, Battalion Chief Skip Heflin and other members of the department kindled a small fire in the Allen Creek training center’s burn building.

With lights and sirens blaring, Sean and his fire crew jumped out and the 4-year-old rookie extinguished the fire. After his clean-up, the only thing left to do for Sean was get high-fives for his first day on the job.

“I’ve been doing this 28 years, and this is one of the greatest days I’ve had in my career,” Dorsey said.

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