3-year-old diagnosed with cancer plays firefighter for a day in Napa

When he was only 2 years old, Gunnar John Church was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Just over a year later, Gunnar is still undergoing chemotherapy, but, seeing him play with the firefighters at city of Napa Station 3 on Wednesday, Dec. 20 you might not know it.

Gunnar curiously walked around fire engines before getting some help operating the ladder, then the hose, then the horn. He then raced firefighter/paramedic Steve Streif to see who could get suited up into their uniforms faster.

“I won,” said Gunnar before high-fiving Streif.

After Fire Capt. Mike Dombrowski heard about Gunnar, his diagnosis and his family, he and other firefighters decided they wanted to do something to help. In addition to giving Gunnar his own uniform and letting him play firefighter for a day, the firefighters also gave him an “Honorary Firefighter” certificate and gave his whole family a ride in the fire engine.

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