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Kyle McGetrick, the boy from Barnegat, New Jersey who touched so many, has died. A message from his father.

Back in December, 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 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.

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  • Anonymous

    RIP Kyle

  • Peter Wegmeyer

    A firefighter from switzerland working in a hospital know how hard it is to loose a child.
    I am thinking of his parents, be strong and think about the nice place he will be.
    R.I.P. little Kylie ure in our thoughts and prayers :(

  • Anonymous

    Rest in peace Brother and my god hold you in his arms!!

  • llg

    So sad. May Kyle RIP and may his story be an inspiration to all of us! May God be with his family and give them comfort and peace as they begin this new journey without Kyle.


    Rest easy, little man.
    Comfort and strength to his family and friends.

  • 105truckie

    May he rest in peace. I can’t imagine what his family went through, is going through.

  • Seeley Family

    RIP little Fireman. Last call for a brave little man. God bless his family and friends in this time of sorrow. Just know that he is watching over you each and everyday. Prayers to the family.

  • Gary Stanke

    R.I.P. KYLE…

  • Leroy Pierce

    He’s in good company with the 343 and the rest of the brothers and sisters… Thanks to all of the fire fighters who took the time to make a difference in Kyle’s last days. Makes one proud to serve in the Brotherhood !

  • RJ(in floriida)

    heavens fire department just got a little chief. may god bless and protect him and comfort his familily with the knowlodge that he is not in good hands…he is in great hands

    as long as you remember someone, they are never really gone

  • A. Gates

    It truly broke my heart to read about Kyle’s passing. What an amazing child, we can all only hope to be as courageous and strong as he was. The first thing I’m going to do when I get home is hug my boys…

    Rest in peace, Kyle. You’re in God’s arms now, and there is nothing but happiness and love. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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  • Scooter

    Rest in peace brother. Strike Da Box! K

  • Ruffles

    Rest easy Kyle. You’ve shown all of us big firemen what courage and strength can be. You’ve inspired a lot of us for sure. Positive thoughts and vibes going out to you and your entire family

  • David

    RIP Kyle

  • Mick Mayers


    Your story really caused a lot of us to reflect on what is important in our lives. While your passing will be mourned here, we know you are looking down on us now and in a place with no pain, no sorrow, and no fear.

    God bless you, your family, and the Brotherhood.

    Mick Mayers

  • ukfbbuff

    From Calif.

    My condolences to Kyle’s family and friends.

  • Dickey

    Funny how someone has an effect on you halfway across the country. Kyle did so much and inspired so many people in his short life, more than most people do in an entire lifetime.

    Rest easy now brother, the pain is over. I know you will be watching out for each and every one of us now.

  • Sophia

    Rest easy, Kyle. I miss you, bud. -Sophia, your friend since ’06.