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At age 13, Tony Tumminello befriended the men at his local firehouse. Almost 60 years later, the man with intellectual disability still spends nearly every day there.

A fixture at Fire Station One in Lansing, Mich. since 1953, Tumminello eats all his meals and spends nearly every waking minute at the station, save for the time he works at a flower market.

For the firemen, Tumminello is like family. They joke with him like a brother, but also care for him, helping the aging man with everything from laundry to bathing.

Tumminello says he can’t imagine life without the firemen, but it’s not likely that he’ll ever have to.

“Tony has got a place forever,” the battalion chief told CBS News.

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  1. cathy miller says:

    Our son who is 24 yrs. old and has an intellectual disability also is befriended by firemen. Adam is a volunteer fireman for the Tamora Volunteer Fire Dept. in Nebraska. He loves the pumper truck training. On the 4th of July a couple of his firemen friends stopped out and picked him up so he could be part of the nationally acclaimed 4th of July Parade in the Nebraska 4th of July city, Seward NE. He has received now his 5 yr. pin and is there for his 6th year. I understand this story. It is truly heartwarming to know Adam is following in those big shoes.

  2. Cathy says:

    What a beautiful story. God Bless Tony and God Bless his firemen friends/family.

  3. Karen says:

    This is a heart warming story.I love how they have helped Tony throughout the years and how they treat him like family. Most firefighters have great big hearts!

  4. Margaret says:

    Great story! Thanks for sharing. We need more community outreach like this everywhere.

  5. Betty Young says:

    I saw this on television a few weeks ago, and was so moved by the special relationship Tony and the firemen have. What a great story, and what a great testimony to friendship! Bless all the firemen for taking Tony in, and bless Tony for finding true friendship!

  6. GARY B. RUBIN says:

    now that a great story wish more people would step up to the plate like that.
    if we had mor folks like that the bad stuff would slowly go away. we all are on earth for a reson just becouse some people are diffrent does not make it right to judge people with difrents abilitys

  7. christine says:

    Tony is very blessed. Thanks for sharing and starting my morning out happy! My son is 16 and is ID. When he sees a fire truck pass by he says ” hey, there go my buddies”.

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