INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A six-year-old boy battling cancer is stealing the hearts of firefighters at a metro fire department. It's been Gabriel Huffman's dream to be a firefighter since he can remember. At Monday night's city council meeting, the city of Independence and its fire department made him an official honorary firefighter.
"I like being a fireman," the little boy told FOX 4 at his big night. "They honk their horns."
Gabriel showed up dressed for his new role, complete with a firefighters uniform and boots.
"This kid has just really, really touched my heart," said Bob Frazier, with the fire department. "He's an amazing little boy, he has been through so much and I just want to do anything I can for him to make his life easier."
Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2012 and has been fighting for his life ever since.
"He's a fighter, and a firefighter at heart and he's overcoming day by day," said Deborah Huffman, the boy's mother.
This isn't the first time the firefighters met Gabriel. Last month they showed up to his birthday party with a firetruck and let him take it for a ride.
"I've never seen a kid so happy in my life," said Frazier.
Gabriel was presented a certificate naming him an honorary firefighter. Everybody at the city council meeting gave a standing ovation for the little boy. Gabriel's mother said her son is almost done with his treatments and continues to grow stronger everyday.