Osceola kid becomes honorary firefighter

Osceola kid becomes honorary firefighter

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - An Osceola boy got the chance to live out his dream of becoming a fireman.

City leaders and firemen worked together to help make Nolan Cole's dream a reality.

His family said he has Stickler syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

Nolan's mother Mary Cole said it has caused him to lose his sight and have issues with pain.

"When he was born he didn't have any jaws," she said. "It's going to affect his eyes, his ears and his joints."

Debby Cole, Nolan's grandmother, said he had to have surgery shortly after he was born and he is dealing with symptoms of the disorder at a much faster rate than others.

His family said when they arrived at the fire station they thought it was an event for all kids.

"We didn't know what was going on," said Debby Cole. "They called her parents and just told us to have him here and it was a surprise."

Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore said he was contacted by a member of Nolan's grandfather's church about doing something special for him.

"I called the chief and the firemen and they took him around town and blew the siren just to help him live his dream," Kennemore said.

Nolan's family said they were very grateful for the experience.

"I know for one thing, if he goes blind in the next couple of years, he'll always have this memory," said Debby Cole.

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