I spent the day with my 5 year old grandson today who lives in Apalachin. He has always wanted to be a fireman since he knew how to say the word firemen. I told him about what happened to Capt. Porcari last week (in a way a 5 year old would understand), and he told me it made his heart sad. He asked me if Captain Matthew Porcari was in heaven, and I said, "Most Definitely, he was." He then asked me if he could color a picture and write a letter to the other firemen of the Owego Fire Department. I told him he definitely could do that. So I printed out a picture for him to color and then asked him what he would like to say in his letter. I transcribed his words, but these are HIS WORDS unedited. I know it made my grandson feel better about his heart being sad, and I hope it helps other sad hearts too....as I know that is what my grandson wanted to accomplish with his words. This is what he said:
DEAR OWEGO FIREMEN:
I love you guys because I really love your fire trucks. I am so sad your firefighter died and I love you guys. I'm 5 yrs old and when I grow up I'm gonna move into your fire station because I want to be a firefighter.
Is there anything I can give you to make you feel happy again, like cookies or eggs or visiting you to tell jokes. Maybe a blanket or a present.
I loved Captain Matthew Porcari. Call my Mom if you need me.