NEW YORK — A 6-year-old boy who was made an honorary New York City firefighter during his battle with cancer has been remembered at a solemn memorial service.
Little Liam Witt died Jan. 24 after enduring years of radiation and chemotherapy.
The firefighters of Ladder Co. 24 and Engine Co. 1 admired Liam’s fighting spirit. They gave him his own locker in their midtown Manhattan firehouse.
Dozens of firefighters attended Monday’s service at the nearby St. Francis of Assisi Church. Bagpipers played. Speakers included a doctor and a nurse from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center who treated Liam.
Mementos from Liam’s life on display at the church included his scooter and a Curious George book.
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When Liam Witt was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer at 33 months of age, his parents began calling him Prince Liam the Brave.
Liam was made an official firefighter, with a locker inside the station house.