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Despite the appearance that a little Florida boy is shooting the bird while posing during a picture with Polk County Fire Rescue Station 2 firefighters all is well. His name is Gio and he is with the firefighters who rescued the boy after his middle finger became stuck in a desk drawer at school.
After being freed Gio was taken outside to see the fire engine that responded to the call. That’s when his mother, Leah Aponte snapped the picture.
“We went to take a picture and [Leah] said, ‘Show mommy your finger,’ so we were all laughing thinking, ‘Oh man that’d be funny,’ and then he actually did!” Delegge said.
Gio’s finger was a little red and swollen but did not need further treatment, Aponte said. The boy plans to have a spaghetti lunch at the fire station with his new friends sometime next week.
“We really enjoy sharing these types of stories,” said Janel Vasallo, the public information officer for Lakeland Fire Department. “It’s nice when we can show our community that we can do it all and really help in any situation.”