Fire departments in Virginia lined up outside of the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk to show their support for a colleague’s 4-year-old son battling cancer.
Firefighters from Norfolk Fire Rescue and Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services raised their ladders to the fifth floor of CHKD and surprised four-year-old Nolan Turner who has a rare form of lymphoma.
Nolan’s father, Levin, has been a firefighter in Portsmouth for 14 years. He said his colleagues came together during a time when his family needed it most.
Captain America even showed up.
Firefighters from both departments held up messages of hope from up high and down below. It was their way of lifting the boy’s spirits.
“COVID has made this whole process difficult, you can only have a limited amount of visitors so only mom and dad can come see him. It’s nice to see different faces and nice to see the amount of support and all the people who really care about Nolan,” Turner told WKYC.
Jarrod Sergi, a captain with Norfolk Fire & Rescue, helped organize the surprise.
“No kid should have to go through that. I got two boys of my own, I would hope somebody would do the same for mine,” said Sergi. “Even if it was just for 15 or 20 minutes, he didn’t think about his hospital room treatments, the nurses coming in, and if it was just a few minutes out of his day to get a little bit of an escape, then that’s a win for us.”