Firefighters throw 6-year-old birthday party after fire destroys his home

Buffalo Firefighters Throw 6-Year-Old Birthday Party After Fire Destroys His Home

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A little boy was supposed to be celebrating turning 6 but instead had to watch as his home went up in flames hours before his birthday party.

But firefighters from Buffalo Fire Department's Engine 33 made sure Erick Hill had a glimmer of hope days after he and his family lost everything, including the child's birthday presents.

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"I come back from Party City to the house up in flames," Jamia Jones told WGRZ.

That was on Thursday.

By Sunday, firefighters threw the boy a party.

"We decided to get together, throw him a birthday party, shower him with a lot of gifts, invite his family here and show him that there is a second family out there that he can rely on," Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo told WGRZ.

And did the firefighters deliver!

According to a Facebook post from Buffalo Professional Fighterfighers Local 282, Bryan Matteson from Ladder 6, 4th Platoon made Erick a toy box.

Gift for Erick Hill made by Firefighter Bryan Matteson of Ladder 6, 4th Platoon. FF Matteson made this toy box in 2...

Posted by Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 on Sunday, July 14, 2019

They also got Erick a cake and invited a few superheroes to stop by the celebration.

Special Thank You's to the Birthday Squad of Buffalo, Julie R. Schmit Director of Fun, The Super Hero Alliance, Batman,...

Posted by Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Great day to be able to give Erick a surprise birthday party at Engine 33’s quarters. Happy Birthday Erick!

Posted by Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 and the Buffalo Fire Department joined forces today to surprise Erick Hill for his 6 birthday. Erick and his family were the victims of a house fire recently and unfortunately lost everything. Happy Birthday Erick!!!

Posted by Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Erick was also named an honorary member of Engine 33 and can stop by the fire station any time he wants, WGRZ reported.