Boy Rides Fire Truck To First Day Of School Just Like His Late Firefighter Dad Wanted

It was a family tradition that lived on, despite the father's untimely demise.

A five-year-old Tennessee boy rode arrived on his first day of school in a rather unique vehicle. Just as his late firefighter dad wanted, Cooper Brooks arrived in a fire truck alongside his father’s co-workers from the Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department.

Christopher Brooks lost his life in a motorcycle accident in May. The 21-year-old volunteer firefighter passed before getting the chance to do the family tradition.

Christopher wanted Cooper to experience what his own father did when he was a young boy.

Source: Christy Marie Photography

Christopher’s own firefighter dad would bring him to the first day of school on a fire truck, and his goal was to do the same for his children. Unfortunately, he wasn’t given that chance.

Cooper’s mom, Jessica Brooks, said:

“He never forgot it, and his friends thought it was so cool that he and his twin brother got to ride the fire truck to school … He hoped we could make that happen for Cooper.”

Christopher’s goal was to bring his son to school in a fire truck.

Source: Christy Marie Photography

Christopher’s colleagues Ty Wallace and Josh Kemp helped him achieve his goal by bringing Cooper to school exactly the way he wanted it.

Kemp said:

“Doing that in his honor was pretty incredible to me … All of us at the fire station are like his uncles. He has a very extended family now. We’ll be with him for as long as he wants us to be.”

Source: Jessica Brooks

Kemp said Christopher would’ve been “extremely proud” of the moment, and Cooper’s mom was happy to see Christopher’s dream come true.

Jessica said:

“It melted my heart just to see my husband’s wishes being fulfilled, and just remembering him how much it meant to him … Cooper is able to extend that memory. It’s bittersweet.”

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