Santa visits boy with autism on a fire truck after he was turned away at local mall for having his service dog
A little known fact about The Big Guy is that he loves service animals too, even if the establishments he frequents don’t always accommodate them.
So when 9-year-old Indiana native Tyler was turned away from seeing him at the local mall because of his service dog, named Ryan, Santa decided to do something extra special for him — with a little help from the Brownsburg Fire Territory. Ryan stays by his side to help him cope with his autism.
Ryan Miller, the deputy chief of operations for Brownsburg Fire, learned of the situation through a family friend of Tyler’s family. Almost immediately, he hatched an idea.
Every year, Santa hitches a ride on the department fire truck to wave to the people around town. Ryan thought it might be nice to take advantage of the situation and right a wrong.
“We can’t solve all the world’s problems,” Brownsburg Fire wrote in a Facebook post, “but when we can make a difference we will step in.
Tonight Santa will make a special run on a fire engine to bring some needed healing and some holiday cheer to this young child.”
Santa not only paid Ryan a special visit, but he came bearing a gift in a form of Tyler’s very own toy firetruck!
Ryan also seemed to enjoy the visit and got loads of love from the firemen and local media.
“It was an honor to be able to help bring a little Christmas joy to our friend Tyler,” said Brownsburg Fire in another Facebook post.
Both they, Tyler, and Ryan received a Christmas memory they won’t soon forget.