Honorary firefighter braver than most

Friday, November 9, 2012

From Staff REports

Lewisburg Fire Department has a new honorary firefighter.

He's Logan Reynolds. Recently, he visited the main fire hall with his Cub Scout pack.

While there, he caught the attention of Capt. Steve Anderson and Firefighter Cody Street. They saw that Logan shows more bravery, honor and courage than any firefighter. He's facing a terminal illness at age seven.

After his pack left, Steve and Cody spoke about Logan and his family during this time of his life. They'd noticed that Logan continued to smile, even when he didn't feel like it. So, the firemen decided to make him an honorary member of the fire department.

Logan's parents, Michael and Stephanie Reynolds, brought Logan to the fire hall on Saturday morning, when Chief Larry Williams and Assistant Chief Bill Thomas presented Logan with certificates making him an honorary firefighter.

To be a firefighter, Logan needed protective gear. Captains Ray Luna and Jason Davis presented Logan with a fire department shirt, jacket, hat and pants embroidered with his name. He also received a Maltese cross with the firefighter's motto engraved on it: "Bravery, Honor and Courage."

Capt. Steve Anderson presented Logan with a helmet signed by all the firefighters and a scripture passage written on the top. Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," is Logan's favorite Bible verse.

After presenting all the gear, fire department staffers loaded Logan into Engine 3 and took him for a ride around the square with sirens blaring and lights flashing. Then they went to Sonic Drive-In, where Logan had lunch with firefighters and his family.

Back at the fire hall, Logan and his family expressed their gratitude, but, in the words of a member of the firefighting family, "Little did they know, it was Logan who did the most for the fire department."

Rita Reynolds of Verona Caney Road is Logan's grandmother. She also visited the main fire hall on Saturday.

"It was awesome," Rita said. "The Lewisburg Fire Department amazed us all. They're a fine group of people there."

Rita is known to Logan as Maw. She explained last week that he has an inoperable brain tumor that's been found to be cancerous.

"He's getting weaker," she said Wednesday, "but he has an amazing spirit. He has to have assistance walking now, but he doesn't let that get him down.

"He's having trouble with his right hand now, but he says, 'That's OK. I'll just use my left hand.'"

The tumor is pushing on the left side of his brain, so it's affecting the right side of his body.

"He says, 'God's got this,'" Rita Reynolds said. "He has an amazing attitude."

Logan was an Oak Grove Elementary School student until fall break.

"Saturday was a big time for him," Rita Reynolds said. "He gets too tired to stand at school. He goes to visit now, once in a while."

Logan has been treated at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.