Over the last few days, Los Angeles First Responders were honored to make an 8-year old boy's dreams come true. Noah Cohen, from Vermont, was diagnosed at birth with a rare disease called VACTERL association that required him to endure 24 surgeries. But despite his life-threatening condition, he still continues to be energetic and positive.
On his first flight to Los Angeles, Noah arrived off the plane thrilled and excited to experience his dream. Short in statue, but big in charisma; he walked down the stairs of the plane with an enormous smile across his face. He was greeted by multiple agencies. Full of energy, he waved dramatically at the firefighters, police officers, and news reporters that greeted him with open arms.
After shaking hands with the key officers, Noah had the opportunity to ride in a firetruck to his “welcoming ceremony". There he and his family were presented with a welcoming speech, during which he was given special gifts and uniform apparel. After the opening speech, Noah was soon escorted outside, where he participated in multiple activities. He was able to try on the uniforms of both services and even viewed the different interiors of emergency vehicles.
The LAFD was excited to assist Noah in continuing his emergency services career on Friday when he joined the Recruit Class at Drill Tower 40 in San Pedro at 8:00 am. He was provided a swearing-in speech and an honorary acceptance, got fitted in protective equipment, and was ran through a specialized training course.
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