HAMMOND | A group of Hammond firefighters have joined a national movement to honor a 4-year-old Texas boy with terminal cancer.
The child, Dyrk Burcie, is the son of a Dallas firefighter. To show support, firefighters are posing for pictures spelling out Dyrk's name with their equipment or with signs they made to support the boy.
Hammond Professional Firefighters Association Local 556 members spelled out Dyrk's name with their jackets at Central Fire Station.
“He's a firefighter's son, so we love him as if he was one of our firefighters sons,” Local 556 Vice President Mike Hull said. “When there is a firefighter going through that, we all feel it.”
The project began as a photo album fellow Dallas-Fire Rescue Lt. Ronnie Roe wanted to compile for Dyrk's father, Dameon Burcie.
He first requested departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to take part, but then decided to spread the project across the country.
“Firemen are always taking care of each other,” Roe said.
Roe has received pictures from as far away as Florida.
“Now it has gotten so big, I don't think a photo album will work,” Roe said.
Hull found out about the project on a website that runs stories about what's happening at fire departments nationwide.
“It is a brotherhood, and his father belongs to the brotherhood,” Hull said. “So (Dyrk) belongs to it.”