The son of a fallen Philadelphia firefighter was surprised on Christmas Eve with fire department patches from all over the country.
When Michael Potter died in 2016, his son, Evan Potter, said he would ask for a few fire company patches as a way to honor his father on Christmas.
Despite such a daunting, request, local Engine 33 was already working on Evan’s request, and had accrued hundreds.
“I knew this was going to happen…because this is how firemen are,” Fireman Charles Sgrillo said.
Soon, there were thousands of patches from hundreds of agencies all across the world, thanks to social media spreading the word.
“Everyday it was bins and bins coming, it was astonishing,” Philadelphia firefighter Derek Moffett said.
According to CBS Local, Evan was made an honorary firefighter with several departments, and has a bright future if he chooses to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“When you sign up for this job, you sign up for a whole lot more than just a job,” Moffett said.