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Firefighters answer call to make boy's birthday dream come true

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

More than a dozen firefighters come together to turn a bedroom into a fire station for 4-year-old Noah Rome in Boynton Beach

Noah Rome wants to be a fireman when he grows up — and he’s got quite a head start for a 4-year-old battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

While he was out celebrating his birthday with the family Saturday morning, more than a dozen firefighters from Palm Beach County and Delray Beach fire rescue were converting his bedroom into a fire station.

“It was his birthday,” said paramedic Jen Kleier. “We wanted to do something nice for him and this was the perfect opportunity.”

Noah and his family had visited several fire stations over the years to thank firefighters for their annual Fill The Boot campaign to raise research funds to help find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

In return, firefighters worked in his Boynton Beach home from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to mount real fire hoses, ladders, helmets and other gear on the walls, and tuck in bed sheets decorated with fire engines.

“It turned out to be much bigger and better than I ever thought it would be,” said grandfather Scott Rome. “There’s going to be a special place in heaven for these people and the birthday they gave my grandson.”

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