Seven-year old Jesse Santerre poses with firefighters from Station 21 in Islamorada. Santerre, who’s battling cancer, came down to spend the weekend with them. Pictured from the left are Jason Oyman, James Ruggles, Erica Olivera, Jesse, Mike Hampson, Fire Chief Terry Abel and James Greffeth.

With his firefighter uniform on, seven-year-old Jesse Santerre was all smiles as his day with fellow comrades at Station 21 began Saturday morning.  

“This is awesome,” Santerre said as he walked around the station. “I’m a firefighter.”

Santerre, who’s battling cancer, had his dream come true as he stopped by the fire station to enjoy a day full of fun as a firefighter. He began his day by completing his firefighter physical agility test. According to Fire Chief Terry Abel, Jesse was phenomenal at it. 

“He did some practical skills putting out some fire with our training house,” Abel said. “Then he met all the firefighters, took his oath and got badged and pinned and all that good stuff.”

Santerre had the opportunity to hop in the ladder truck for some area familiarization. He later went with firefighters to Robbies where they fed tarpon. They also went to Mangrove Mike’s and Theater at the Sea. 

“We’re going to have a great time in the community,” Abel said. “It’s definitely a pleasure to do this with Jesse.”

Santerre and family spent the night Saturday before finishing off their day Sunday with firefighters. 

Young Jesse Santerre spent last weekend with firefighters from Station 21 in Islamorada. Santerre, who’s battling cancer, went through some training and enjoyed a whole day’s worth of activities. Contributed

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