Firefighters with Norfolk Fire and Rescue, along with colleagues from Portsmouth Fire Rescue, showed up with lights and sirens blazing outside of the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters to cheer up the son of one of their own.
Nolan Turner, the 4-year-old son of Portsmouth firefighter Levin Turner, was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in September of last year. He is currently undergoing treatments. His father's colleagues decided to show him some support.
"COVID has made this whole process difficult, you can only have a limited amount of visitors so only mom and dad can come see him. It's nice to see different faces and nice to see the amount of support and all the people who really care about Nolan," said Levin Turner, Nolan's father.
The firefighters went all out in their efforts. Since Nolan's hospital room was on the fifth floor, they raised their ladders, climbed to his window, and held up signs of encouragement. According to local media, Nolan's smile went "from ear to ear."
Jarrod Sergi, a captain with Norfolk Fire and Rescue and father of two boys himself, was the brains behind the operation, saying, "no kid should have to go through that."
"Even if it was just for 15 or 20 minutes, he didn't think about his hospital room treatments, the nurses coming in, and if it was just a few minutes out of his day to get a little bit of an escape, then that's a win for us," Sergi said.
Levin Turner was overcome with emotion, tearing up as he watched his son smile and wave.
"I have five kids and he's the one who wants to be a firefighter, that's his thing. It was so meaningful in so many ways," Turner said. "There's not a whole lot in this process that has brought the joy back to Nolan, this is about it. This has been a very high point for us. So, it was really appreciated."