The world can be a daunting place for a child who is blind but a six-year-old recently had a pleasant experience with a hero at the Plant City Fire Rescue Station #3 in Florida.
Junie was visiting the station with fellow homeschool students where they toured the facilities and were allowed to get close to the fire trucks, Fox 13 reported Thursday.
“His favorite part was spending time with this patient firefighter who allowed Junie to feel all over his uniform and gear, touch whatever he wanted, hear the sounds his equipment made, and answered all of his questions,” his mother, Destiny Fiaschetti, wrote in a social media post.
At one point, Junie reached up and tapped a small black box on the firefighter’s shoulder. “What is this?” the boy asked.
“This is my microphone,” the first responder told him. Moments later, Junie went behind the firefighter and touched the oxygen tank on his back.
The firefighter guided the little boy’s hand onto the device and told him it was there to help him breathe.
According to Fiaschetti, the child loved every minute of the experience, saying, “He keeps re-enacting what he learned, pretending he’s asleep and then getting the call from dispatch and jumping up running to the truck and putting the gear on.”
Junie has septo-optic dysplasia which is a disorder affecting a person’s early brain development, per Medline Plus.
Because of this, Junie is totally blind. However, that did not keep him from learning everything he could in his own special way.
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