Two-year-old Reeve Melugin was made honorary fire chief for the day by the Amarillo Fire Department Friday.
Chief Kyle Joy, AFD public information officer, read a decree to the family in the city council chambers of City Hall in front of a small crowd of AFD personnel, Amarillo Police Department officers, as well as friends, family and supporters of the Melugin family.
"Today is a day of celebration because of the honor, courage, integrity and dedication that your entire family has consistently exemplified in Reeve's battle with Leukemia," he read in part. "It is our honor to welcome your family into the brotherhood of firefighters in the family of the Amarillo Fire Department."
Reeve was presented with a street sign, a t-shirt, swag bag and a firefighter's helmet signed by AFD firefighters and APD officers. As part of his honorary duties, he toured various AFD stations, inspected equipment and dropped the puck at the Amarillo Bulls Hockey game Friday night.
Reeve was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia Oct. 2, 2017, 10 days before his second birthday.
"It's been a very difficult year, by far the most difficult year of our life but we've seen God's faithfulness throughout this entire process," said Reeve's father, Jordan Melugin. "The Amarillo Fire Department and the Tatum Tough Foundation have been incredible with their generosity and throughout this whole process. We've seen how good people are and it just keeps on. We've very, very blessed."
The Melugin's have two healthy young daughters and have no family history of childhood cancer.
Though Reeve is in remission and still has two to three years of chemotherapy to undergo, Friday he was a happy, running, jumping, ball of energy like other children his age.
"He's just like any normal 2 to 3-year-old boy, running around the house and playing," Melugin said.
The day came together as a partnership among the AFD, Embassy Suites Downtown Amarillo, the Tatum Tough Foundation, and other city departments to help bring awareness about local childhood cancer.
"We were presented with the opportunity to bless other families in our area and we decided to use that to bless families who are battling childhood cancer," Joy said. "We're here to serve the community and it's great when we can all come together to accomplish something."