Firefighters save boy’s 11th birthday party
TEXAS — “I was just sitting there reading a book. Super sad.”
Tyler Comer was sad because none of his friends showed up for his 11th birthday.
He explained it was the first birthday party where he’d actually invited friends.
What was supposed to be a first, turned out to be the worst when hour after hour Tyler waited.
“At first I thought they were lost…”
He ended up waiting for three hours before he finally gave up.
“They couldn’t play x-box with me or have the cake my mom made me…. The cake we had to throw it out to the pigs.”
“It was just really hard to see your son not have anybody at his birthday party at all,” said Tyler’s mom.
Later that night, Frances Kirby spotted the Facebook post from Tyler’s heartbroken mom.
“I think I saw the post about 1:30 in the morning.”
So Kirby dialed up her husband, the fire chief, who asked the Stillhouse firefighters to respond to an emergency of a different kind.
“I got a call at 3 o’clock in the morning.”
“Tyler needed me. He needed this department.”
Less than 24 hours later, Tyler’s frown was turned upside down as volunteer firefighters made a house call two jurisdictions away.
“You could tell he wanted to smile. But he’s really shy. But you could tell there was something like a lightbulb turned on,” said Tyler’s mom.
“They showed me the fire truck and let me ride it,” said Tyler. “They also first gave me a helmet and it was all signed by the firefighters.”
“What did you think of that?”
“I was very happy.”
So happy in fact that he is already planning his 12th birthday, and guess who is on the guest list?
“I want the firefighters to come.”