Four-Year-Old Becomes Firefighter for a Day

4 years 5 months 1 day ago Monday, December 23 2013 Dec 23, 2013 Monday, December 23, 2013 10:02:00 AM CST December 23, 2013 in News
By: Jessica Park, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A four-year-old boy became the newest honorary member of the Jefferson City Fire Department Monday morning.

Kingston McGill visited the fire department with his family and got a personal tour of the trucks the firemen use daily.

His father, Jesse McGill, said Kingston is just like any other boy his age and has loved fire trucks since his grandma gave him his first one when he was three years old.

"Kingston's a very active kid, he's kind of sensitive and emotional at the same time," McGill said. "He's a typical little boy, he loves frogs and lizards and being outside, and stuff like that." 

Unlike many children his age, Kingston was born with "vascular vein malformation."

"When Kingston was 4-6 months old, we noticed when we would change his diaper only half of his face would turn red, and I was in nursing school at the time so I didn't really know," McGill said. "We were concerned so we went to his pediatrician and talked to her and then they actually ended up sending us to St. Louis children's to get some tests done and we found out that Kingston had arterial vascular malformation and that his brain wasn't as developed like a normal child." 

Vascular vein malformation is abnormal clusters of blood vessels that happen during fetal development. Unlike many children his age, Kingston's right side of his brain is larger than his left and he has difficulty with everyday tasks like buttoning and zipping up his clothes.

The family drove more than 15 hours to visit family in Jefferson City for Christmas. McGill said even though it was a long drive, it means a lot to be near family in Missouri for this holiday season.

At the fire station, Kingston got to walk around and touch all the trucks and go inside and touch the steering wheel and pretend to drive.

After his tour, the fire department presented Kingston with a plaque to name him an honorary member of the fire department, a gold sticker and a red fire hat that had "fire chief" on the front. He also got an early Christmas present - a fire truck Lego kit.

For the final leg of his visit, Kingston got to ride around town in a fire truck with his dad. McGill said this was a great moment for Kingston and his family.

"This is just all stuff that we can keep and cherish and show him when he grows up to say that you know he's done these wonderful things and he's had all these people that you know believe in him in everything that he does," McGill said.

More News

Grid
List
NEW BLOOMFIELD - New Bloomfield has a new mayor, but it's the way he was selected that has a group... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 9:26:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ACLU of Missouri is suing the Independence School District on behalf of a senior... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 6:35:52 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Thornbrook neighborhood was without water and electricity for almost two hours on Friday. Columbia Water and... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 5:36:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Four vehicle crashes have occurred this week along State Road F west of Fulton in Callaway County.... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 4:12:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After serving eight years in the United States Air Force, the passion of this veteran for sky travel... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In another day of political theater, the special House committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens heard new testimony... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Organizers are expecting a large turnout for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans" airshow on Memorial Day weekend. ... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- When most people lose an animal, one of the first steps is to put a "missing" sign on a... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:46:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Aircraft and pilots met at Columbia Regional Airport Friday to prepare for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans"... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:45:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A high-speed car chase ended Sunday when the suspect slid into a ditch, according to a press release... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- It's no secret more cars will out for Memorial Day weekend, but many drivers are taking precautions before... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than five hundred Missourians have lost their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department of... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 1:48:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
HARRISONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old western Missouri boy fought off an attempted abduction by hitting the... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash on I-70 Westbound. It caused major backups... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council discussed a recent engineering study today centering on increasing traffic flow east of Columbia.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:11:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging people to practice safe boating ahead of Memorial Day weekend.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:55:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
6am 68°
7am 70°
8am 73°
9am 76°