Bradley Sullivan, 8, serves up breakfast at Moose Creek Winter Carnival
MOOSE CREEK — Bradley Sullivan has wanted to be a firefighter since he was old enough to talk. He was only two years old when he witnessed firefighters responding to a blaze at his own house.
More recently, Sullivan has been donning his firefighters’ Halloween costume and going out to join the Moose Creek squad when they practice drills in the park across from his family’s residence.
But now the eight-year-old has a real firefighter’s outfit and the title of Fire Safety Ambassador for North Stormont to go with it.
On Sunday morning, the youngster made his first official appearance in his new capacity. He diligently assisted his comrades on the department as they prepared breakfast at the annual Moose Creek Winter Carnival, Feb. 3.
The La source elementary student was surprised late last year when the township recognized his enthusiasm for firefighting.
In a move that surprised the youngster during a Nov. 10 open house at his favourite station — showcasing Moose Creek’s brand new 2019 pumper truck — North Stormont Fire Chief Dan Gauvin, Sparky the Fire Dog and members of council recognized him with badge, gear and dress shirt to go with his new title, which also came with a $200 bursary.
‘Fire Safety Ambassador Sullivan’ was granted the role at an age even younger than the township’s new “Junior Firefighter” initiative — a separate program otherwise open to local student volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18.
Below, video of the Nov. 10 day when Bradley Sullivan was named North Stormont’s Fire Safety Ambassador. The eight-year-old also poses with Moose Creek’s newest pumper tanker truck, which arrived at the station that same day.
“We thought for our first one, we wanted someone very community-minded and involved with us as much as possible,” explained North Stormont Fire Prevention Officer Nancy-Ann Gauthier, chuckling at how quiet the boy had become when he learned of his two-year appointment at the public event.
As Ambassador, it’s expected he will also accompany local firefighters to different schools when raising awareness about fire prevention. He will hold the title for two years.
He was already “following the firefighters everywhere,” noted Gauvin.
“We call him our legal stalker,” joked Gauthier.
Chantal Sullivan, the boy’s mother, said her son first locked his gaze on firefighters as they arrived to battle the flames that destroyed their home five years ago . “And ever since then, he’s been wanting to be a firefighter,” she said. “The funny thing is, he doesn’t remember the fire, but but it’s almost like it’s where it all started for him.”
Fast forward to the Feb. 2 firefighter’s Carnival breakfast and firefighter Steven Rolland commended Sullivan on his first appearance in the role. “He’s doing fantastic. He’s on toast, and he’s on a mission,” Rolland exclaimed.
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