The New Smyrna Beach Fire and Rescue Department welcomed a new crewmember Feb. 11 -- and he's only six years old.
Cameron Fulling was sworn in as an honorary firefighter at the City Commission meeting at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sams Ave.
The pint-sized honorary rescuer is suffering from ependymoma, a malignant brain and spinal cord cancer. To help with travel expenses and medical treatment, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Port Orange fire unions have donated $1,700 to the family.
"Kids like Cameron and their families are the real heroes," said New Smyrna Beach Fire Chief David McCallister. "We are just privileged to be part of Cameron's passion for helping other people by serving as firefighters. We welcome him to our team."
Chief McCallister and New Smyrna Beach Battalion Chief Chris Dymond presented Cameron his own helmet, badge and plaque in recognition of his honorary firefighter status. After the ceremony Cameron rode in a fire engine and was treated to ice cream by city firefighters.
Cameron made his department debut last year when he rode in the City's Christmas Parade with his mother, Melissa Fulling. The boy has inspired firefighters by showing his courage and strength throughout his battle with cancer.
Anyone who would like to donate funds to assist Cameron and his family may send a donation to the New Smyrna Beach Professional Firefighters, P.O. Box 126, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Checks should be made to Melissa Fulling.