- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville 6-year-old with a brain tumor who dreams of being a firefighter got a special boost of support when a swarm of fire trucks surprised him outside Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Officials say Jacksonville Fire-Rescue’s Ladder 44 crew spent Wednesday morning with Riley Ruppert-Richendollar, who was diagnosed six months ago with a brain tumor. Family says Riley is scheduled for a biopsy soon, the first of many procedures he’ll have to undergo. When Ladder 44 heard he was headed into surgery, more than a dozen firefighters and three fire trucks showed up outside the hospital.

Riley has been visiting local fire stations and learning the ropes since he was 2 years old. He says he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up because he likes to help people.

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