Fire department makes 9-year-old girl with terminal cancer honorary firefighter

Nine-year-old Mackenzie Clyde may be in the fight of her life, but she knows she has the whole city of West Allis, Wisconsin, ready to fight with her.


Nine-year-old Mackenzie Clyde is in the fight of her life.

"She completed surgery, radiation chemotherapy," Mackenzie's mother, Courtney, said. "After we ended treatment, we found out that her cancer had come back and she had four new tumors in her brain."

Mackenzie's prognosis may be terminal, but she has the whole city of West Allis, Wisconsin, ready to fight with her.

The West Allis Fire Department surprised her with the opportunity to become an honorary firefighter.

Once she suited up, Mackenzie got an escort to the fire station,where she got to slide down the pole and take a ride in the tower ladder bucket.

But that's not all: Mayor Dan Devine dedicated the day to Mackenzie, honoring her for her strength and her work in raising awareness for childhood cancer.

Mackenzie has helped write a children's book for a nonprofit organization, which aims to inspire and educate kids and adults about cancer.

"I just think that this is so special," Courtney Clyde said.

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