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Boy donates to local firefighters
Five-year-old uses birthday for lunch donation to RHFD
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Firefighter Christian Alexander (left) and Capt. Jordan Johnson (right) of the Richmond Hill Fire Department receive a lunch donation from five-year-old Jaxson Smith. Jaxson, with his brothers, Morgan and Jesse, decided to donate to RHFD instead of receiving birthday gifts. - photo by By Alena Cowley

A local 5-year-old boy used the gifts he would have received from his birthday to donate lunch to firefighters at the Richmond Hill Fire Department Saturday.

Jaxson Smith, an aspiring firefighter, brought in barbeque from Charlie Graingers and dessert donated from Bill Pollard of The Ice Cream Stop.

“Instead of presents, he decided to donate lunch to our wonderful firefighters here,” mom Tracy Smith explained.

RHFD Capt. Jordan Johnson said he and his staff “really do appreciate,” the donation.

“We don’t always get thank-yous. So, it’s really nice when we do, especially from somebody from the community, especially a little man like that,” Johnson said.

After the donation, the firefighters took Jaxson, his brothers, Morgan, 12, and Jesse, 10, out to see the fire trucks. Firefighter Christian Alexander gave the family a run-down on the truck’s different equipment and its functions. Volunteer firefighter Sharla McCutchen helped Jaxson hold and operate the fire hose.

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