3-year-old Detroit heart recipient becomes fireman for day

3-year-old Detroit heart recipient becomes fireman for day (Image 1)

A three-year-old heart transplant recipient was given the surprise of his life when he became the honorary captain of a fire station in Detroit, Michigan Tuesday.

Tyren Johnson recently told the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he wanted to not only become a fireman for a day, but he also wanted to meet a real Dalmatian, ABC News reported.

Tuesday morning Tyren’s wish was granted as he and his mother were picked up in a fire truck from their Detroit home.

Upon arriving at the fire station’s headquarters, Tyren, who was wearing his own fire uniform with his name on the back, was greeted by the department’s Dalmatian as family, friends and firefighters all cheered for the toddler.

During his two-hour stay at the fire hall, Tyren received a tour of the fire trucks and station, got to spray the fire hose and received a stuffed Dalmatian and a firefighter badge naming him “Honorary Fire Chief.”

“Initially, I think he was a little overwhelmed when he first got off the truck and the crowd greeted him,” said Sherri Collins, vice president of marketing and brand advancement for Make-A-Wish Michigan told ABC News.

Collins continued, “Then he was just smiling all day and excited. He had great interaction with the firefighters, who were so into making his wish come true.”

Little Tyren and his family were also treated to a home-cooked meal, which included mashed potatoes and chicken, at the fire hall.

Michigan’s Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of more than 7,500 children in 30 years.

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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