Boise firefighters cook for families at Ronald McDonald House

Boise firefighters cook for families at Ronald McDonald House

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by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on December 26, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 26 at 7:30 PM

BOISE -- Firefighters are heroes to many for fighting fires day in and day out.  But this holiday season, a special group of Boise firefighters got together to do even more than fight flames.  They made a homemade meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for sick kids and their families, and these firemen wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer to the people staying there.

This week, Boise firefighter Matt Lutz and his buddies from Fire Station #7 made dinner for the third time this year.

"It seemed like it would be a lot of fun to organize coming down, have groups of guys coming down to cook dinner for folks, and a good way to reach out to the community and give back a bit," said Matt Lutz, Boise Fire Department.  "To support kids and families that are here staying at the Ronald McDonald House because of unfortunate illness in their family."

This was firefighter Jimmy Lindsay's first time helping out in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen.

"I've been here on calls, but I've never been here to cook with Matt," said Lindsay.  "Making meals for families that are going through hard times in their lives right now."

Sean Purnell is staying at the Ronald McDonald House with his family while he is treated for an eye condition by Boise doctors.  He says one day he would like to be a fireman and a football player.

"We house families at a time when they need it the most," said Micaela de Loyola, Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Coordinator.  "We are just here to be a home away from home."

And these firemen are working to make that home away from home a little more comfortable.  That is why they are 7's Heroes.

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