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FIREFIGHTERS in Atherton made a special little boy's dream come true when they made him an honorary firefighter for the day.
Seven-year-old Matthew Peers was so happy after visiting the station that he renamed the firefighters on his Fireman Sam bedding after members of the Green Watch crew.
The youngster, from Stockport, who loves Fireman Sam, has cerebral palsy which means he can't control his body movements and relies on others to help him get around.
L-R Firefighter Lloyd Watson, Hayley Mason-Peers, Matthew Peers, Nicola Carlin, and James Peers
His mums Nicola Carlin and Hayley Mason-Peers were going to apply to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK for Matthew to become a firefighter for the day, but when Nicola's old school friend Firefighter Lloyd Watson heard about the youngster's wish, he and the crew offered to make his dream come true.
Matthew and his brother James, aged 10, visited the station earlier this month with their two mums where the family was given the full V.I.P. treatment.
The brothers got to sit in a fire engine, squirt water using the hose reels and watch firefighters cut up a car using their hydraulic cutting equipment.
Nicola, aged 33, said: "Matthew is a very bright boy academically and is doing well at mainstream school but his condition makes doing activities very difficult.
"He's always loved Fireman Sam and loves water - we were going to apply to Make-A-Wish for him to play football with Man United and to be a firefighter for the day and when Lloyd heard about it he said we could tick one off the list.
"We were just expecting them to show us around the station but they had all the hoses and appliances out for us and we watched them cut up a car.
"Matthew absolutely loved it and so did his brother - James can often be ignored because of Matthew's condition so it was nice for them to do something together. I can't thank Lloyd and the watch enough for what they've done.
"When we got home that night, Matthew wanted his Fireman Sam bedding on - there are a couple of firefighters on it and he's renamed them Lloyd and Liz after members of the watch."
Firefighter Watson said: "We were more than happy to help make Matthew's wish a reality and hope he will remember his day with us for a long time."