Holden Bridges, an autistic boy from Georgia, was excited to celebrate his seventh birthday with his classmates on Nov. 25, however, he was left in tears after no one showed up.
His mother, Amanda Bridges, said they were devastated as the entire class was invited.
“He kept saying his friends were just getting ready, going to get presents, that’s why they were late,” she told Fox News.
What Holden didn’t expect was heroes in a shining red firetruck to appear at his birthday party to help him celebrate.
The firefighters also called in reinforcements and brought along several police officers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Bridges expressed her gratitude in a Facebook post thanking Ware County firefighters, police, and EMTs for their generosity and kindness. The post has been viewed and shared thousands of times.
“They didn’t do it for any rewards or recognition,” Bridges told the news station. “They did it out of the kindness of their hearts.”
According to the Facebook post, Holden’s father had flagged down a firetruck, which was driving passed and explained his son’s situation.
The firefighters were happy to oblige and give the little boy a surprise. They even brought him a birthday present—a fireman’s helmet and a badge.
“He was super excited,” Ware County Fire Lt. Drew Mccarthy told Fox News. “His daddy said he always wanted to be a firefighter, so that made it special.”
Holden also said he now wants to be a police officer or EMT.
“They let him blow the horn, which is big for him because he doesn’t like loud sounds all the time,” his mom told Fox News.
“You guys made a little boy’s bad day into a memorable one with all the adults in tears,” she said in her Facebook post.
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