Aurora Junior Firefighter is presented new fire gear at Fire Station 11, 10/15/16

10/15/16 Aurora, CO – Well Folks, I’m very pleased to present this story to you today.  A few weeks ago brought you a story of young Reily Doi-Jared, a 6 year old Aurora boy who showed up to “assist” Aurora Fire Rescue at the scene of a structure fire on S. Pitkin Way in Aurora.  First let me say that our thoughts go out to the residents of that fire, and we hope that they are well on their way to recovery from that fire.  So as for our story on young Reily the aspiring firefighter, well that little story went Viral on the Internet 2 weeks ago and today, we are delighted to offer you a heart-warming follow up to that story.  The exclusive pictures and video of Reily interacting with members of Aurora Fire Rescue at that fire were so compelling that folks all over the world reacted with praise and pleasure to all of those who were involved.


Above was a Facebook screen-shot from Turkey (of all places) from our previous coverage of Reily Doi-Jared at the south Pitkin Way structure fire.

Today, at Aurora Fire Station number 11, members of Aurora Fire Rescue and former Colorado small-town Police Chief Steve Davis took time out of their busy schedules to meet with Reily and his Mom Elizabeth and to thank young Reily for his civic duty and interest in The Fire Service.  Lieutenant Thomas McKay, an Aurora Fire EMS Supervisor, along with Retired Police Chief Davis and other Aurora firefighters surprised Reily with brand-new junior firefighter bunker-gear (his previous gear was just a wee bit small for him).  Lt. McKay and the members of Station 11 then gave Reily the royal junior firefighter treatment that included: A tour of the firehouse, getting to operate lights and sirens on fire apparatus, holding a real firehose and finally eating a spaghetti lunch with the members of Fire Station 11.  At one point, retired Police Chief Davis even presented Reily with his prized (and highly sentimental) AAA Safety Officer badge that he had earned many moons ago when he was also an aspiring first-responder in elementary school.


Reily Doi-Jared gives Lt. Thomas McKay a high-five while donning his new firefighter bunker-gear Photo by Shane Anthony


Reily shakes the hand of retired small town Police Chief Steve Davis – Photo by Shane Anthony

dsc_3006  Reily gets instruction on using a real firehose while 9News looks on – Photo by Shane Anthony


Reily in a SCBA breathing mask – Photo by Shane Anthony

Many thanks to all of Aurora Fire Rescue, The AFR Public Information officers, Steve Davis, and both Reily and his Mom for making us part of this fantastic Fall day at Fire Station 11.  Shane Anthony reporting:

To further enjoy today’s wonderful firehouse event, please visit the slideshow below.

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One Response to Aurora Junior Firefighter is presented new fire gear at Fire Station 11, 10/15/16

  1. Steve Davis says:

    Shane, thanks for the coverage and the beginning of this cute kids story, it was my pleasure to be a part of todays fun.

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