GNN: This firefighter’s conversation with Tegan McCall may have only been about one minute long, but its emotional impact will last a lifetime.
Firefighter Lt. Mike Rheault was responding to a call at an apartment building in Manchester, New Hampshire last month when three floors of smoke alarms all started going off at once.
As Rheault was checking out the building, he saw a young boy with cerebral palsy standing in the doorway of an apartment.
When Rheault noticed that the nonverbal youngster “looked like he wanted to say something,” the firefighter intuitively asked Tegan if he knew sign language.
Rheault then proceeded to greet the boy in American Sign Language and introduce himself as Mike.
“And Tegan is just standing there like, ‘Oh my God, someone is signing to me,’” Tegan’s mother Amy told WMUR.
Amy quickly pulled out her phone and started recording the heartwarming exchange. After Tegan signed his own name, Rheault taught him the sign for “fireman” and gave the boy a high-five before leaving the hallway.