Santa delivers good news to 5-year-old

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis boy with a knack for helping others, had a special interview Christmas Eve then waited patiently for Santa to delivery the news he has been wishing for.

Five-year-old Jordan McLinn wants to be a firefighter, and Wednesday he was given a chance at living his dream.

“Is this Jordan?” said Ladder 13 Captain Tim Robinson as Jordan walked into the firehouse. “Is this the one I heard a lot about? Let’s show you around here.”

Jordan’s mother Laura McLinn made the chance showing a reality by writing a letter to IFD.

“Dear Fire Chief Malone,” wrote Laura McLinn. “I’m reaching out to ask if you can help me fulfill a wish for my son.”

It’s a wish that sadly must be fulfilled sooner rather than later.

“Jordan was diagnosed with Ducenne muscular dystrophy,” said McLinn.

There’s no cure and the degenerative disease will likely render him unable to walk by the age of 12. Life expectancy is 20 years.

“Most kids are starting to think about their careers and dreams closer to age 20, but Jordan might not have that opportunity,” said McLinn.

But while he’s here Jordan’s got plans, and the interview was the start.

“We’re going to have to get with him, find out what his strengths are and then we will definitely be working around his strengths. Because I’m sure there are plenty of them,” said Captain Robinson.

“You want to see your kids happy, you want to see their dreams come true, and today is a dream come true for my son,” said McLinn.

Wednesday was only an interview. The Chief was deciding whether Jordan got the job. Santa delivered the news Christmas morning that Jordan will be joining IFD. Jordan is to report for duty on Jan. 8 as part of the next recruit class.

(Provided Photo)
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Jordan doesn’t only want to be a firefighter, he also wants to be a cop and a doctor. His mom says it’s because all he wants to do is help people.

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