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Caroling for Kyle Update

3 Feb

As you may recall around Christmas, I told you a bit about Kyle McGetrick.  Cliff Note’s version, he is the son of a NJ firefighter who LOVES fire department patches.  Unfortunately, he has cancer and the doctor’s have done what they can.  He is in God’s hands when it comes to his time left with us.  I was so moved by this story.  Probably due to the fact that I was a mom of an 11 year-old and know at any moment this could be any on of us.  So, I went to as many local departments and collected patches as I went.  Some were gracious.  Some were not.  MFD was amazing, of course.  But that is all a tale for another day.

Some of   the patches I sent to Kyle last month.


I was not the only one moved by his story.  Last month, there was a parade of motorcycles who rode by in his honor.  The patches, shirts and helmets have flooded the family.  You can hear Kyle and his dad talk about the response they have received here. He was mayor of the day.  It has been amazing.


But, they still need your help.  There is a fund set up to help off set the costs of his treatment.

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If you would like to help, here is a link to donate $5 through PayPal.  In return, you will receive a Courage for Kyle bracelet.  Please consider donating.  He has been sick most of his life.  We all know what it is like to deal with insurance companies, imagine the bills.  I will be ordering 2 this evening.  Please join me.  We are all one big fire family.  Let’s help one of our own.  

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Caroling for Kyle.

24 Dec

A community pulls together for a local boy with cancer


Eleven year old  Kyle McGetrick, from Barnegat, NJ is losing his long battle with cancer. As a saddened community learned of this, the local fire department surprised Kyle and his family by driving 100 fire trucks past his house last night complete with sirens, flashing lights and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause. In this beach town, Barnegat, Kyle’s dad, Gene, has also served as a firefighter. What started as an email that went out which expected to bring about 20 firetrucks became a spectacular convoy. This email was suddenly forwarded and passed around to all those concerned from other local fire departments leading to the biggest township display of love to a local family. Barnegat fire chief, Mike Moore gave Kyle his fire helmet among other gifts. Though Kyle often feels too sick to leave his bed, he was moved to get up and wave to all his supporters from his window. Kyle has been battling cancer more than half of his life. 
I saw this and literally stopped what I was doing.  First, posted it to my FB page and then on to here.  This little guy must have the biggest glow to him.  What started with a hope for 20 rigs, exploded into 92 trucks and a handful of other emergency vehicles.  All within 24 hours.  This is what a fire family does.  This is what the Brotherhood is all about.  If your department would like to send a patch for Kyle’s collection, here is the contact information.


Kyle McGetrick
Barnegat Fire Company, No. 1
PO Box 539
Berenegat, NJ 08005

Kiss your kids, hug your firefighters and remember what the true meaning of Christmas is, what the true meaning of family is.  The fire family will drive you nuts sometimes, but they will always be there when you need them.  This was AMAZING!