Many of you have been asking for an update on 11-year-old Kyle McGetrick, the Barnegat, New Jersey boy who has been battling cancer for seven years. My friend Jim Duffy, who like many of you read the updates on Glenn Usdin's FireTruckBlog.com and here on STATter911.com, tells me that Kyle will be a guest tomorrow night on the Internet radio show Fireground Strategies & Other Stuff From the Street that Jim does with Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo on Fire Engineering Talk Radio. It starts at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. Here's the link –
If you recall, Kyle's story became known in the fire service around the world just before Christmas when the Barnegat Fire Company arranged an impromptu parade past Kyle's home. Planning for a few fire trucks, once word got out around Ocean County, 100 fire vehicles lined up in tribute to Kyle.
When Glenn posted the article on FireTruckBlog.com a virtual parade began. The original post brought in more than 500 messages to Kyle from firefighters around the world. Veteran fire service Internet gurus believe that article was likely seen by more people in a couple day period than any previous web story directed to firefighters.
Then the flow of patches started from generous firefighters around the world.
Now, thanks to Jim and Anthony, the Barnegat Fire Department, and Kyle's dad Gene, we will get a chance to hear from Kyle tomorrow night. Make sure you tune in. Maybe we will find out just how many patches Kyle received.