LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -- Support has poured in from around the world for a 3-year-old Lincoln City boy with terminal cancer after he was named an honorary firefighter for the North Lincoln Fire & Rescue.
Daniel Christensen has neuroblastoma and his parents asked firefighters to help make his dream come true by letting him ride on a fire truck, according to firefighter Marc McPherson.
"The firefighters took it a step further and made Daniel an Honorary Firefighter," McPherson said.
The department also set up a Facebook page, called "Firefighters for Team Daniel," to ask other departments to do the same.
"Daniel our brother, and now fellow firefighter, he was made a part of our firefighter family last week when the doctor advised his parents that his duty shift in life was about to end," the page reads.
In the three days since the page was created, Daniel has become an honorary firefighter in dozens of stations in the U.S., Canada, and as far away as Alpine, Australia.
"I think it just speaks incredibly strongly of the brotherhood of firefighters. We truly take care of our own," a very choked up McPherson told KGW Friday. "For somebody so little, it's amazing you know. Nobody really knew him. But everybody’s pouring their love out for him.”
Several fire stations have taken posted pictures of helmets, badges and lockers with his name on them. Others have vowed to send engines up for his service when the bad news hits.
More than 8,000 people have liked the Facebook page and the support is still growing.
"I have not seen firefighters come together like this since 9/11," McPherson said. "Firefighters have a brotherhood like no other."