Make-A-Wish turns 3-year-old heart transplant survivor into Detroit firefighter for a day

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A 3-year-old Detroit boy was able to live his dream and become a Detroit firefighter for a day.

The man who was in charge of Detroit’s Engine 54 on Tuesday was barely bigger than a fire hydrant. But under that tiny uniform, was a heart boasting the rhythm of a second chance.

Tyren Johnson is a heart transplant survivor. He was able to become a Detroit firefighter, all thanks to Make-A-Wish.

“This is special," said Dale Bradley, DFD Chief of Community Relations, "To have a dream come true for a three year old, we are honored to play a part as the Department Fire Department and the City of Detroit.”

The day also marks World Wish Day, celebrating the very first Make-A-Wish granted back in 1980. The organization is also celebrating the 30 year anniversary of Make-A-Wish Michigan.

“We expect to grant more than 400 wishes this year alone." said Sherri Colins with Make-A-Wish Michigan, "And we want to continue to do that, and offer that hope, strength, and joy to our Michigan kids and families.”

“So it means a lot. It’s overwhelming.” said Tiesha Johnson, Tyren's mother.

“He’s fighting a battle," said Bradley, "And every day our men and women fight our battle. And it just gives us more encouragement."

Those fulfilling Tyren’s burning desire are learning the heart of a champion can never be measured only by the number of beats.

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