With lights flashing and sirens blaring, Glendale firefighters roared into the Americana at Brand Monday night and whisked away brothers Juan and Gerardo Rodriguez.
The maneuver wasn't part of an emergency rescue, but rather the fulfillment of a wish, the 10th such wish to be granted this holiday season by the Make a Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.
Both brothers, who live with their family in Inglewood, are being treated at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for life threatening illnesses. Juan, 14, is suffering from renal failure and needs a liver transplant. Gerardo, 8, has leukemia.
Gerardo, who aspires to be a firefighter, wished for a firefighter experience. And Juan requested a shopping spree. Having two seriously ill children in one family is unusual, and made fulfilling their wishes all the more satisfying, said Steve Vanderpool, vice president of the Make a Wish Foundation.
"We try and go well beyond what the wish is because sometimes this wish is something as simple as an Xbox," Vanderpool said.