Farmington Hills firefighters share ‘moonbeams’ with sick kids

During December, a group of Farmington Hills firefighters participated in Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak’s “Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams” program and brought happiness to children hospitalized during the holiday season.

Farmington Hills Fire Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams
These six Farmington Hills firefighters volunteered their time for the holiday program: (from left) Lieutenant Jeremy Dougherty, Senior Firefighters John Kastran, Andrew Lucki, and Ron Perian, Firefighter Stan Bailey, and Senior Firefighter Manndez Blanch. (City of Farmington Hills)

At 8 p.m. on every evening in December, pediatric patients gathered together to shine flashlights from their windows and look for community members standing outside the hospital. Various fire trucks from several communities participated on different nights and flashed the vehicles’ emergency lights for ten to fifteen minutes in response to the young hospitalized patients.

“Members of the Fire Department showed the children that we were thinking of them while they spent their holidays in the hospital,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh.

“Many of them were unable to leave their rooms and I appreciate that our staff took the time to help put a smile on the children’s faces.”

Press release