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6-year-old Double Lung Transplant Survivor Fulfills Firefighting Dream

The Short of It

Six-year-old Cameron Witsman, a transplant survivor with a life-threatening illness, got to fulfill his dream of helping others by recently becoming an honorary firefighter in his hometown of Eustis, Fla.

The Lowdown

Cameron was born with a condition called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation and has already faced more than most in his young life, including a double lung transplant. As a transplant survivor, he takes eight different medications to stay healthy. He's home-schooled because one of the meds lowers his immune system, so he can't be around germs or sick people.

The little boy has a passion for helping others and wants to be a firefighter when he grows up. When Eustis Fire Department Station 22 and Fire Chief Rex Winn heard that, they brought Cameron in to go through some tests. He proved he was mentally ready by passing the written test, which was read aloud to him by his mother's boyfriend, firefighter Jason Pepper. And then he proved his physical agility by moving cones with the water hose and rescuing a training dummy.

The Upshot

After he completed the tasks, he was given his very own badge, uniform, new fire suit and plaque. When it was all over, Cameron proclaimed, "I'm proud to be a firefighter," and it was a really great day for a tough little boy.

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