TAMPA, Fla.—A local 11-year-old left his battle with cystic fibrosis behind when he stepped into the uniform of a Tampa firefighter.

Samuel Vilchis-Fajardo’s wish to be a freighter came true with the help of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.

Samuel was sworn in and became the youngest member of the Tampa Fire Rescue Department.

After Samuel was sworn in, he joined his crewmates at a water rescue training that included putting out a fire.

Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that limits Samuel’s ability to breathe.

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