Firefighters Create Parade For Sick Friend

By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email
By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email

July 4, 2014

A one-of-a-kind celebration for a firefighter battling cancer. When he couldn't make it out to the Fourth of July parade, his fellow firefighters brought the parade to him.

Bubba Baber is a long-time firefighter and a familiar face to many in this area. Right now, he's battling cancer. That meant spending a holiday that he loves in a hospital room.

So fellow firefighters from around the area came up with a creative solution. If Bubba couldn't make it out to see the parade, they would give him one.

They had nurses at martha jefferson hospital move his bed over to the window, got together every truck they had in a line, and made their own parade.

Rivanna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Calvin Butler says it was the least they could do for him.

"To me this is giving back. Bubba has taught so many of us so many things, and this is our way of giving him a little something extra on the Fouth of July."

The result was pretty spectacular.

Fire trucks and emergency vehicles as far as the eye could see, circling the hospital with sirens, setting off fire hoses, and lights flashing.

As for the other patients at the hospital that were unable to go out and celebrate, they were treated to a parade, courtesy of Bubba Bader.


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