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NEW YORK, N.Y. – A three-year-old boy is about to live his dream: to become a New York City firefighter.

Trucker Dukes was diagnosed with stave IV neuroblastoma when he was less than 2 years old, KHON reports.

He and his mother have been travelling between Maui and New York for treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While walking down the street, the met FDNY captain Jim Grismer. The two instantly formed a strong friendship.

“I see this little boy excitedly walking towards me with his eyes aglow,” said Grismer. “I opened my arms and he basically climbed up and hugged me around the neck. It was as if we’ve been friends or brother for years.”

Trucker has been visiting the fire department regularly. The department will swear Trucker in as an honorary firefighter on May 31.

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