For six years, 8-year-old Chase has been studied by the National Institute of Health because of an extreme immunity deficiency that he and his sister have battled for most of their lives. For years, the two siblings have been susceptible to any and all sicknesses due to almost no immune system. Chase can’t play in the mud like other boys his age or do simple day-to-day tasks like drink from water fountains without seriously risking his health. But that doesn't stop Chase and his fascination with firefighters.
When Make-A-Wish® volunteers asked Chase what his one true wish could be, he wholeheartedly told them that he wished to be a firefighter. A wish that goes deeper than a little boy who wants to slide down a fire pole everyday. It's truly because of his want to be just like them when he grows up.
Andy and Amy have always taught their three children to thank service men and women for protecting them whenever the opportunity arises.
Chase loves watching re-runs of the 1970's television medical drama Emergency! with his dad and even had one of his past birthday parties at a fire station.
On the day that his wish would come true, Chase and his family arrived at the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Stonebriar Centre Mall for what Chase thought would be a fun morning making new furry friends. What Chase didn't know was that the Frisco Fire Department would rush in to the Workshop to inform Chase that his assistance as a firefighter recruit was needed immediately.
Chase quickly changed into his new firefighter apparel made just for him. The smile on his face grew bigger and bigger as he slid each arm into his jacket and each leg into his pants.
Chase and the fire crew spent the afternoon answering dispatch calls that were created just for their new recruit. The tiny firefighter rode with the fire truck's sirens and lights at full force as he saved the day by putting out fires, saving a damsel in distress and informing a local resident about the importance of smoke detectors. He even got an impromptu ride in the CareFlite helicopter.
The afternoon concluded with a recognition ceremony at Frisco Fire Safety Town Hall where Chase was presented with an award for his heroism and was told by Frisco Mayor Pro Tem, Jeff Cheney, that March 17, 2014 was officially stamped as Chase Coolidge Day! Fire Cheif Mark Piland then dubbed Chase as an honorary Frisco Firefighter.
Nowadays, on the days his mother allows, Chase can be seen around town wearing his firefighter outfit.