Tulsa firefighters make a boy's dream a reality


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Updated: 11/06/2012 2:21 pm Published: 11/05/2012 10:30 pm


A Broken Arrow teen is one step closer to achieving his dream tonight as a firefighter.

The Tulsa Fire Department has been hard at work transforming the boy’s room into a fire station.

Thirteen-year-old Sean Cunnane was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Firefighters with Local 176 worked three months on Sean’s bedroom and on Monday he got to see his room for the first time. .

"Wow!" said Sean Cunnane.

A custom made bedroom with his own bunker gear revealed to Sean.

His bed transformed into a fire truck has been named Sean Cunnane Fire Department, Fire Engine 51.

"I like it,” said Cunnane.

The room named after his favorite television show from the 1970’s, Emergency 51.
He’s been studying the show for years.

When he was born with Cerebral Palsy, Wish Givers donated $15,000 for his motorized braces last February. It’s a non-profit that helps achieves dreams for children with life long diseases.

Every six weeks, his family takes him to therapy session in Overland park, Kansas.

His fascination with firefighters began when he was age five. He has met almost every Broken Arrow and Tulsa firefighter.

"His dream is to live at a fire station. I live that dream everyday, every third day, that was my dream to become a fireman and I got to do it. If I can help him live that dream I am all for it,” said John Smith.

He is one of several Local 176 firefighters who transformed Sean’s room.

"To be such a positive young man he makes you want to be a better person," said Smith.

Sean’s room also extends into a day room like a real fire station.

It has a television, chair and couch for Sean to relax.

The wall paper is an archive of Tulsa Fire Department photos dating back to the 1920’s.

"The amount of work they have done is amazing. It was like Christmas coming home everyday and wondering what have they done today," said Sean’s mother, Kris Cunnane.

Sean also helped in the transformation. The framed photos on the wall were taken by him. His other hobby is photography where he has been snapping pictures since he was in first grade.

In fifth grade, Sean won the PTA Reflections contest at State. The trophy he won is the first thing Sean added to his new room.

"When you see Sean, he is just happy and energetic. He loves life," said Smith.

Sean is always smiling no matter the challenges.

"It just warms your heart completely. There is no way to put it into words," said Cunnane.

Sean also listens to the scanner in his bedroom. He sleeps with it on and knows many of the fire stations and who is talking over the scanner.

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