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Firefighters grant wish of Burton boy

February 12 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed a seriously ill young boy to one of its fire stations to make his wish come true.

We had a great time and took lots of pictures during the visit. Viyan has been telling everyone about it and has made sure everyone has seen the pictures of him at the station and with the fire crew.

Watch Manager Steve Marsh

Viyan visited Burton-On-Trent Community Fire Station on Saturday January 27 with his sister, Neev and parents Binita and Mital after an NHS worker contacted the Service about the six-year-old’s dream to see the fire engine. 

At just 14-months-old Viyan was diagnosed with a brain tumour and after gruelling treatment he went into remission until the family received the devastating news in 2014 that the cancer had returned and spread to his spine. Viyan is now paralysed and in a wheelchair, unable to eat or speak, but he has a love for the children’s show Fireman Sam, which prompted the family’s visit.

Watch Manager Steve Marsh Said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome Viyan and his family to the station and show him the fire engine. All the crew were touched by his story and we honoured to make his dream come true.

“His courage really shone through, he even taught us how to say firefighter and fire engine in sign language, which he uses to communicate. It was a very special day for us and we hope the family took away some great memories and experiences.”

Viyan’s mother said: “We had a great time and took lots of pictures during the visit. Viyan has been telling everyone about it and has made sure everyone has seen the pictures of him at the station and with the fire crew. 

“We would like to thank everyone at the station for making the visit so memorable.”