Compassionate Firefighter Uses Sign To Communicate With Non-Verbal Boy

Firefighters have one of the toughest jobs on the planet, and they do not let anything draw them back, one such firefighter in Manchester, New Hampshire, received admiration after it was seen that he used sign language to communicate with a nonverbal boy.

Lt. Mike Rheault and other firefighters with the Manchester Fire Department were in the line of duty at an apartment building where Amy McCall lives with her young son, Tegan, who has cerebral palsy and is non verbal.

Rheault says, “I said, ‘Hey, how are you?’ And he kind of smiled at me,” Rheault said. “And I said, ‘My name is Mike.’ And I said, ‘What’s your name?’ And he said, ‘My name is Tegan’, he said, ‘Oh, it’s nice to meet you.’ It didn’t end there for Tegan, because Rheault also taught him how to say the word “fireman” in sign language.

Tegan’s mother was very touched by the brief encounter, and said, “It made me cry after I came back inside,” McCall said. “Tegan is just thrilled.” Tegan received a fire chief hat, from Rheault as well which has made him go over the moon.