Back in December, FireTruckBlog.com first told us of the story of Kyle McGetrick who had battled cancer most of his young life. Being told that the end was near, firefighters at Barnegat Fire Company #1 where Kyle’s father Gene was a member, thought they would do a small parade in front of the McGetrick home. It turned into a very large parade and the FireTruckBlog.com story brought a virtual parade of firefighters from around the world in what may be the most popular fire service web story ever. Firefighters sent hundreds of messages and patches to Kyle.
Kyle bravely held on for more than five months. He passed away yesterday. His father Gene left this message on the Courage for Kyle Facebook page:
Today one of the most precious gifts in my life left to a place where there are no more doctors, treatments, pain and sorrow. For today our family let Kyle jump on his own fire truck to heaven. He taught me as a father the true meaning of love, courage and strength. Kyle fought so hard for the last 7 years with fearless strength and valor that can not be measured or imagined. He fought and faced the enemy o cancer till the very end. Rest now forever my son and feel no more pain. Your will to continue the fight and help other kids will go on by those you touched. I will see you every night in my dreams. Thank you to everyone through the years who have supported Kyle. His mission will continue to help other kids of Barnegat. We love you all. Kyle will always be my little fireman.