Young cancer survivor named honorary firefighter

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — A young cancer survivor got the surprise of her life this week as Rural Metro firefighters showed up at her house and named her an “honorary firefighter.”

Kaylee Moreno, 13, has been battling leukemia but is now in remission.

Imagine Kaylee’s surprise when she answered a knock at her door Monday and found herself face to face with a trio of Rural Metro firefighters.

Not only that, the firefighters brought along “Tink,” the 46,000-pound Rural Metro fire engine.

For representing the “Spirit of a Hero” in her battle with cancer, Kaylee was named an honorary firefighter.

The San Tan Valley teen received her very own helmet and outfit from Rural Metro Fire Crew from Station 842.

She then climbed aboard “Tink” and took the captain’s chair.

Members from Make-a-Wish were also on hand and added that Kaylee is never without a smile. From the very beginning, they say Kaylee was playing music for them on her ukulele and smiling her sweet smile.

And Kaylee’s adventure didn’t end there. She and her family will soon be headed off to Florida for a trip to Disney, thanks to Make-a-Wish.

As for Kaylee’s health, her parents say she will still in need of ongoing treatment, but the worst of it is behind her for now.

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