by Billy Huddleston

5 Yr Old Supports Owego Fire Department

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.
Love,
Billy Huddleston

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AUNT PAM says ... on Sunday, Feb 10 at 9:06 PM

CONGRATULATIONS BILLY FOR BEING A GENTLE CARING YOUNG MAN THAT YOU ALWAYS ARE. YOU ARE ONE SPECIAL LITTLE BOY AND YOUR COLORING OF THE FIRE MAN AND JUST THINKING ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT FIREMAN ARE IN OUR LIVES BY DOING A GREAT JOB EVERY DAY LOVE AUNTPAM

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Aunt Judy and Aunt Amy says ... on Thursday, Feb 7 at 11:33 AM

We are very proud of you Billy. You have a heart of an angel. We will be hugging you soon. Love you Buddy....

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Poppa-Wheely says ... on Thursday, Feb 7 at 6:57 AM

Hey , I just seen Your Picture on " T.V. " ... Awesome Job !!!

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Connie says ... on Wednesday, Feb 6 at 9:30 PM

Billy - what a wonderful thing you did! The picture you colored came out just awesome, and you wrote a very nice letter to the Owego Firemen. You are a very special person, and I'm glad the Owego Firemen have someone like you thinking about them!

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Connie Criscitello says ... on Wednesday, Feb 6 at 8:53 PM

Thank you for the kind comments about my grandson. Just to let you know Mrs. Porcari has in fact been in touch with Billy's Mom (my daughter, Maria), and they have set up a meeting at the OFD on Tuesday. Billy will have some "presents" for Christina.

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Chris Damico says ... on Wednesday, Feb 6 at 7:13 PM

Your story made me smile,What a beautiful letter to the owego fire fighters..may the good lord watch over you and to all the Fire fighters...Thank you..

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Jim Boland coketech61@yahoo.com says ... on Wednesday, Feb 6 at 6:53 PM

I am a member of the Owego Fire Dept, have been for over 35 years. Matt was a brother firefighter and a friend. Matts wife Christina loved the firefighter picture. I would like to get a copy or maybe the original, framed up and given to her.

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Duane Manzer - Sayre, PA says ... on Wednesday, Feb 6 at 2:14 PM

Bravo young man....you will grow to be not only whatever your heart desire, but also a fine person. You are well on your way. Thank you for making me smile today!

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Amy Race says ... on Tuesday, Feb 5 at 8:10 PM

Billy, that was an awesome letter! You are such a good boy. I am so happy you are in my kindergarten class. I'm sure you made the firefighters very happy with this letter. Love, Mrs. Race

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Rich says ... on Tuesday, Feb 5 at 1:05 PM

Very Nice little man! Great job and good luck being a fireman:)

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