Firefighter Brings Joy and Fulfills Wish for Three-Year-Old Boy

Last week the kind people at First-In Fire Company helped to fulfill the wish of a local Wake Forest three-year-old son, Ben.

Ben Evans, age three.
Ben Evans, age three.

Ben’s father Michael had contacted Dwight and Crissy Jackel, after reading an article here in the Wake Forest News. Dwight and Crissy, owners of this unique fire engine rental company, wanted to help make Ben’s wish come true. Ben had been telling his father he’d really like to ride in a fire truck.

The good people at First-In Fire Company even had a little set of firefighter gear made for Ben to wear on his special day.

Ben is surprised by a firefighter coat and pants he could wear. His father Michael is to the left.
Ben is surprised by a firefighter coat and pants he could wear. His father Michael is to the left.
Ben loved his little firefighter gear. He instantly went from a a kid wearing a Puggles shirt to a full-fledged junior volunteer firefighter.
Ben loved his little firefighter gear. He instantly went from a a kid wearing a Puggles shirt to a full fledged junior volunteer firefighter.

The Wake Forest family, Michael and Michelle Evans, have four sons; 7, 5, 3, 1. Michael and his wife Michelle have been working hard and to help pay for the advancing medical care and medications for his three-year-old son, Ben.

In fact Michael even started a lawn care business to help pay for the expensive medications for Ben. You can reach Michael at 919-633-4330 to hire him to wonderfully care for your yard.

Ben’s troubles began slowly when he was about six months old. After some prodding by an Aunt following a twitching episode she observed, Michael and Michelle took Ben to a series of doctors who diagnosed his condition as right temporal seizures. These seizures impact the left side of Ben’s little body and leave him with his mouth drooping and his right arm becoming rigid.

Here in Wake Forest we are fortunate we live in an area with accessibility to advanced medical care from world-class medical centers. And as Ben’s condition has changed, the family has been moving from one specialist to another. This past week they took Ben to Duke to meet with a specialist. Currently UNC does not have the specialist they need.

Now that Ben is three he’s spent years on differing medications but they are no longer effective like they once were.

But there is some hope and treatment available, including removing a part of his skull to pinpoint the exact location in his brain that is causing the seizures. When that investigation process begins to happen, the medical bills will shoot through the roof. But as Michael said, it’s hard to not try everything you can when your son looks at you and says, “I’m tired of having seizures, Daddy.”

Of course I am confident all of the readers of the Wake Forest News wish for the best possible outcome for little Ben. I know I do. And his father Michael is a great guy and regular reader who would really appreciate any lawn care business to help make ends meet.

And while we are not able to resolve Ben’s medical condition instantly, at least First-In Fire Company, and the kind folks at the Wake New Hope Fire Department, where everyone met, were able to help make Ben’s wish of riding on a fire truck come true.

The part of the video below that chokes me up is the unbridled joy Ben has on his face as he gets to ride in a fire truck.


Video from Ben’s first ride in a fire truck.
The special birthday party fire truck from First-In Fire Company.
The special birthday party fire truck from First-In Fire Company.
Dwight, Ben, and Crissy help ben use the hose to knock down cones.
Dwight, Ben, and Crissy help ben use the hose to knock down cones.
While Dwight points to a distant target, Ben sets his sights on a local photographer.
While Dwight points to a distant target, Ben sets his sights on a local photographer.
It's all fun and games till someone hands a three-year-old an axe.
It’s all fun and games till someone hands a three-year-old an axe.

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