Poland boy with Down syndrome is particular visitor at Youngstown Fireplace Dept.

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Eleven-year-old Trevor Thomas loves fire engines

by: Keely Lovers

Posted: Jan 27, 2021 / 5:45 PM EST
Updated: Jan 27, 2021 / 5:50 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A young boy from Poland with Down syndrome got a special surprise while visiting the Youngstown Fire Department.

Eleven-year-old Trevor Thomas loves fire engines. He received a special tour of the department, but the encounter was something that both firefighters and his mother will cherish forever.

“It was really special to see him come in and actually enjoy himself and see the fire engines,” said battalion chief Charlie Smith.

Boss Smith says seeing Trevor’s excitement was priceless, but having him there was just as rewarding for the firefighters.

“That is fun. We love to have the community come down and interact with us to show them the trucks and show them what we’re actually doing, ”said Smith.

Trevor had to get in the truck and see how it was inside. He also had to “drive” the fire truck and open the garage door when the truck was dispatched in response to a phone call.

Trevor’s mom, Kate Smith, says it was difficult as a single parent raising a child with special needs during the pandemic. She says there weren’t many opportunities for children Trevor’s age to keep them busy and safe. She is grateful for this visit.

Kate says there is also something special about having first responders in our community who need time to do this.

“I think this is special, and it is special for us to be able to have such interactions,” said Smith.