Petal firefighters grant local student's wish

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

PETAL, MS. (WDAM) - Grant Carter is a busy young man working with Petal's firefighters. Despite a disability, he's graduating from Petal High School on May 28th and does all kinds of things at the city's fire department.

"Well checking the equipment, testing the lighters, testing the lights and sirens and all that," said Carter.

Carter gave Seven on Your Side a tour of a fire truck and it's many compartments, plus he donned full gear to demonstrate what fire fighters wear to battle a blaze.

According to Battalion Chief Lee West, Carter has been involved with the Petal Fire Department helping out since he was a kid.

"He's told us over the years that when he graduated high school, he's going to work for the fire department. So here he is and we are looking forward to having him," said West.

West said Carter has a lot of enthusiasm and when he officially starts work in June, he'll be assisting both West and Assistant Chief, Shane Pickett.

Pickett said "Everybody at the fire department knows Grant, everybody likes Grant. I haven't ever met anybody that didn't know of Grant somehow and I think the guys are looking forward to it just as much as Grant is."

Pickett said years ago the department's then Assistant Chief promised Carter a job, and the firefighters haven't forgotten that. Carter's mother, Michelle Howells, said this position is a life long dream being fulfilled.

"Well it mean he gets to do what he has always dreamed of doing and that is to be a firefighter. And he's been talking about it ever since I can remember so this is fulfilling his dream," said Howells.

Howells said Carter has never seen life as having barriers. Grant Carter starts working at the fire station on June eleventh, but first he'll celebrate his high school graduation.

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