Boy with autism becomes junior fire chief

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PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A fire chief in Luzerne County and a little boy who has autism share a special bond that’s sure to melt your heart.

Chief Brian Oppelt with Elm Hill Hose Company #3 and 10-year-old Brian Lyons both have a passion for helping people in Plymouth.

They became close friends a few years ago, and it’s tough to keep track of all the good deeds they’ve done for each other.

Chief Brian decided to make little Brian junior fire chief, and to return the favor, the fourth grader held a lemonade sale and donated $110 to the fire station.

“To find somebody with that kind of drive, always thinking about serving his community, he’s just a special kid,” said Chief Brian.

The junior chief is already planning to become a junior member the moment he turns 16.

Little Brian’s mom told Eyewitness News the Plymouth Borough Council is going to recognize him at an upcoming meeting for being an inspiration to the town.


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