Instead of receiving gifts for his birthday, 5-year-old Noah Hall-King raised more than $1,000 for the Ocoee Fire Department and was named an "honorary firefighter" by the department as a reward.
According to officials, Noah decided that he wanted to collect money for the fire department instead of getting birthday gifts this year and with the help of his mother, Cheryl, he started raising funds before his 5th birthday party.
Noah presented a fire boot filled with $1,210.25 to the firefighters at the Ocoee City Commission meeting on Tuesday. As a reward, he was presented with an official fire badge, baseball cap and a shadow box with fire emblems.
“The donation received from Noah was far greater than the amount that I expected. I felt it was only fitting to pin Noah with an official Ocoee firefighter badge and award him the title of Honorary Firefighter," said Fire Chief Pete McNeil. "Everyone should keep an eye out for Noah. I expect you will see him riding our Ocoee fire engines in many upcoming parades.”
The money Noah raised will be used for the fire department’s Fully Involved Program, fire officials said. The program involves firefighters helping physically challenged and low-income residents complete home-improvement projects, such as wheelchair ramps, and smoke detector installations.
Funds will also be allotted to public education programs, such as CPR training and the Citizen's Fire Academy.