By Kacie Yearout, WFXT
CHELSEA, Mass. — A new pint-sized member was sworn into the Chelsea Fire Department Thursday.
Eight-year-old Rylee Sostre’s grandmother called the Chelsea Fire Department about a month ago to inquire about a tour for him. Rylee has terminal cancer on his brain stem. The deputy chief said he could do more than a station tour and started planning.
On Thursday, Chelsea Fire picked up Rylee from his home in style – a big red fire engine. Rylee was totally surprised.
The 8-year-old was taken to the station where he was surprised with his own helmet, a station tour and a pizza party.
Then, the city clerk swore him in as firefighter for a day.
Chelsea Fire wanted the day to be fun and show Rylee that he was one of them. They told him he’s welcome to drop by the department anytime.
The firefighters planned to take Rylee back home in the ladder truck, but much to their surprise, he wanted to take the chief’s car.