Murfreesboro firefighters run race to honor boy with cerebral palsy

(Courtesy: Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Firefighters of the Murfreesboro Fire Department will be participating in an upcoming race to honor an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy.

The firemen will be running the Special Kids Race for Ivan Mrzena, who has become friends with many of the crews at Station 9 on Cason Lane, on March 19.

Ivan Mrzena (Courtesy: Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department)
Ivan Mrzena (Courtesy: Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department)

The crew first met Ivan in 2012 while they were displaying equipment for community relations at a car show.

“He really enjoyed seeing the fire truck,” firefighter Shandreah Womack recalled, “I will never forget the smile he had on his face.”

Ivan was reunited with the crew in 2015 after his mother recognized Womack at Scales Elementary School during a fire inspection.

Just after the New Year, Ivan took goodies to the station to share with the crews.

“I was so excited to see him after all those years,” Womack said. “He still had the same awesome smile.”

He wanted to show Ivan the fire truck but his mom said he had to be a Special Kids meeting and couldn’t stay.

That’s when Womack got to thinking about the upcoming Special Kids Race.

“I knew some of our personnel were already going to be running it, but thought it would be neat if we could do it in honor of our buddy Ivan!” he said.

Womack got approval from the chief of the fire rescue, who thought it was a fantastic idea.

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