Local six-year-old battling CP becomes firefighter for a day

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It was a dream come true Thursday for a local six year old with cerebral palsy, who became a firefighter for the day.

Teagan O'Grady was born prematurely, weighing only one pound, nine ounces.

On Thursday, the Utica Fire Department opened its doors to the child and let him see and experience the equipment first-hand.

In Teagan's words, "it was pretty fun."

Teagan's dad, Ryan O'Grady, is a Westmoreland Volunteer Firefighter and is getting ready for a long summer of surgeries for Teagan and a year long rehab process.

He's hoping by this time, next year, Teagan will walk into the fire house on his own.

"They're gonna' go into the spinal cord and take out the last three vertabrae and test the nerves," Ryan O'Grady said. "Kind of like defusing a bomb, that's how doctors told us. They just have to find the right ones to clip along the spinal column and know what to leave alone and hopefully the result will be walking someday."

A benefit is happening for Teagan and his family on May 11 at the Westmoreland Fire House, complete with food, live entertainment and a Chinese auction.

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