PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Local fire departments are an important part of our communities. One department touched the life of a Plymouth boy and his family in more ways than one. Now, Brian Lyons has dedicated most of his life to giving back and helping local first responders.
“I like riding on the fire truck and all that,” Brian said.
A fire engine in Plymouth sparked interest in this teenager’s eye eight years ago and helped him reach a milestone.
“One day I was coming home from school and I saw the garage door was open and I saw the fire truck and I was really interested in that, and we decided to stop,” remembers Brian.
Brian Lyons, 13, was diagnosed with autism when he was young.
“He didn’t speak. We had early intervention, he went to a lot of different services and they taught him sign language,” said Linda Uren, Brian’s mother.
Now Brian is a dedicated junior fire chief at Elm Hill Hose Company No 3.
“Dedicated is one. He started here when he was little. Now he’s almost an adult and it’s hard to believe how much he’s grown in a few years and he still has a desire to get involved in the fire department,” described Elm Fire Chief Brian Oppelt. Hose Company No. 3.
Brian took his interest in the fire station which first made him feel at home on the next level, raising thousands of dollars for his community.
“We donated to a few homeless shelters and a bunch of stations and donated water once to a bunch of police and fire stations and stuff like that,” Brian said.
He even raised funds to help Elm Hill Hose Company #3 purchase this vital piece of equipment in 2019.
Brian’s curiosity about the fire service opened the door to new interests.
“It makes me want to keep helping the community and maybe go to medical school and become a tech tech and stuff like that,” Brian said.
“He has an idea, and he sticks to it and despite what is thrown at him, the difficulties and the obstacles he still goes through,” Uren explained.
And works towards a future in the medical field.
“I’m getting pretty good at putting stitches on and stopping the bleeding and stuff like that,” Brian said.
For now, he continues to help firefighters in any way he can.
“It helps evacuate water. He can be asked to gather tools. Really, what I notice is that he has his eyes wide open to watch and take in everything that’s going on, so when the time comes he’ll know exactly what he wants to do on the fire ground,” said describes Oppelt.
Over to you, Brian.
Eyewitness News previously featured Brian’s sister, Evlyn, on Here’s to You, Kid.
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