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Absolute Rescue kicks off its inaugural Rescue Rigs section with Colorado Springs’ Rescue 17 — placed in service on January 16th at a ceremony that also included the swearing in of a special new honorary firefighter.

Rescue 17 responds citywide to all technical rescues and working fires serving a population of 500,000 citizens. Staffed with a crew of four and supplemented by Engine Co 17 when needed for an additional crew of 4four Rescue Firefighters.

“Placing this new apparatus in service is an investment in the safety of the community. The truck exemplifies the quality and excellence that our World Class Fire Department strives to achieve,” said Fire Chief Christopher P. Riley.

Honorary Firefighter Caden T. Rose

Honorary Firefighter Caden T. Rose

At the ceremony, the Fire Chief and Mayor swore in 5-year-old Caden T. Rose as an honorary firefighter (see video below). Caden has a rare form of liver cancer and Station 17 has become one of his favorite hangouts. The crew has taken him under their win and presented him with his own custom set of bunker gear with his name and the company embroidered on it.

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Official CSFD Statement

Fire Chief Riley and the Firefighters from Station 17 were honored to bring some joy to a young boy who is battling cancer. Diagnosed with Tyrosinemia Type 1 at 15 months of age, confirmed liver cancer at 16 months, a liver transplant just shy of his 18 month birthday, he has been recovering from acute liver rejection since August 2014. Caden is immunosuppressed, so his interaction with others is limited. The time spent at the fire stations are what makes his days so special.

The Firefighters from Station 17 and 21 enjoy the time they spend with Caden. Caden has been obsessed with the Fire Service, he reads about, studies, and emulates Firefighters every chance he gets. When Caden is feeling up to it his Mom or Dad brings him to Station 17 or 21 for some training, foosball and “Firemans Coffee” (kool-aid). Caden enjoys showing us all how to roll hose, use an axe, and tie knots.

“Caden is an example of many of the characteristics we look for in a Firefighter; Determination, Perseverance, Dedication, Strength of Heart,” said Fire Chief Riley. “Today I am proud as the Fire Chief to present to Caden the title of Honorary Colorado Springs Firefighter”.

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