Kingsport, TN (WJHL) – A local boy’s dream of becoming a firefighter has turned the anniversary of his death into a day of giving. Weston Keeton passed away from heart and lung ailments on March 23, 2014, but his legacy lives on through “Feed the Fire”. Weston’s mom, Julie, came up with the idea to honor her son on what she calls his “angelversary”.
“When Weston told us he wanted to be a fireman, he was 2,” says Julie, “and we knew that was never going to happen.”
His tragic death at age 7 prevented him from living that dream, but fire departments around the Tri-Cities region made Weston an honorary firefighter. Now, Julie and her family give back to those men, by bringing food to firefighters on his “angelversary”, and encouraging others to do the same. The movement has now spanned across the country, and even around the world. As far away as Hawaii, Alaska, and New Zealand, firefighters were treated in honor of the 7-year-old who had wished to one day join their brotherhood.
“I think it’s just an amazing outreach to show what one little boy can do in their life,” says Julie, “he may have only been here for seven years, but he made a big impact in those seven years.”
Tonight, Pete and Carolyn Haines from the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd joined in this cause and provided our members with dinner during our company meeting. We are extremely humbled by this showing of support for our company in memory of Firefighter, Weston Keeton.