From Winnie Southworth:
Many years ago my Down syndrome son Mark saw a program on TV that showed another individual with Down syndrome who got to go with his brother to the firehouse and rode in the ambulance when he went out on calls. Mark got excited and said he could do that, too. My husband was a police officer, my daughter a paramedic. But Mark was adamant about being a firefighter. When I said I didn’t think he would be able to do that, he simply said he would pray. It’s hard to tell your child that they can’t follow their dreams — even when you’re sure they won’t come true. So I let him hope, knowing life would teach whatever lessons needed to be taught.
To read all of Winnie’s story, go here. And the Chickahominy VFD is one of ten finalists in the Firedog Across America Heroes contest, with a Grand Prize of $100,000. To vote for Chickahominy, choose #6 here.