HAPPY BIRTHDAY RISSY: Woman with Down Syndrome receives surprise from local fire department
A North Georgia woman got a big surprise for her 29th birthday when members of the Fort Oglethorpe Fire Department showed up at her home.
Tonya Carlisle reached out to the department to request an opportunity for her daughter, Rissy, to tour the fire station for her birthday. Rissy has Down Syndrome and celebrated her birthday on July 3.
Carlisle says she received a call from a member of the fire department asking if they could visit Rissy, instead of her coming to the fire station. They showed up with a fire truck and gave Rissy the opportunity to live out her dream being a firefighter.
Rissy got a chance to sit in the firetruck, spray a water hose, and try on a fire fighter's helmet.
"We watched one of the men get dressed in his full gear," said Carlisle, who contacted Channel 3 in hopes of spreading the word about how the firefighters paid it forward.
"(Rissy) asked questions and was given a memory that will last a lifetime. I will always be thankful to them for making my daughter's day so special."
Hear from Rissy and her mom tonight on Eyewitness News at 6:00.