An outpouring of aloha for a Maui child who inspired others, even after he lost his battle with cancer.
This time, the New York Fire Department made sure Trucker’s spirit is never forgotten, during an emotional ceremony in the New York City on Saturday.
The ceremony in Manhattan unveiled 5 plaques for Trucker that will hang along the walls of 4 firehouses in New York and on at his father’s fire station in Paia, Maui.
Trucker died on March 3 last year after fighting cancer for most of his young life. He received treatment in Hawaii as well as New York, and while there, became an honorary firefighter.
Those touched by the three-year-old from Maui said his aloha spirit is still being paid forward in New York.
“He quietly exulted strength, courage, and bravery. He didn’t even know those words but he was acting it out. That little boy had been through numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, neurotherapy, things I’ve never heard of before.” Said Captain Jim Grismer with the New York City Fire Department, “Very painful processes he would go through in the morning, take a nap, then come to the firehouse to hang out with the boys. Knowing this we all looked up to him as much as he looked up to us, so we love you pal and we’re so proud of you.”
Trucker’s plaque reads “FDNY honorary Firefighter Trucker Dukes.”
“The little Hawaiian warrior legend who super-exemplified strength, courage, and bravery in his short time with us. His inspiration on our lives has no end. Rest Easy Little Brother — Till we meet again.”
The ceremonies don’t end in New York. In two weeks, a 5K run will take plae on Maui in memory of Trucker.
Proceeds are slated to go to other families with kids who are fighting cancer.