2012-07-10 / Front Page

Family Camping Trip To Cataract Turns Into Special Moment With Father Seeing Son’s Wish Fulfilled

Youngster Won’t Allow Cystic Fibrosis Illness To Prevent His Dreams
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Becoming an honorary Indianapolis Fire Department fireman in January, eight-year-old Brandon Vinson had another wish come true this past weekend as he joined his father, Greg, in another fashion, becoming the newest member of the Axemen, Indiana 1661 Chapter motorcycle club. (Staff Photo) Becoming an honorary Indianapolis Fire Department fireman in January, eight-year-old Brandon Vinson had another wish come true this past weekend as he joined his father, Greg, in another fashion, becoming the newest member of the Axemen, Indiana 1661 Chapter motorcycle club. (Staff Photo) Soft spoken with a contagious and innocent smile, eight-year-old Brandon Vinson doesn’t complain much about fighting the deadly illness of Cystic Fibrosis, which affects some 30,000 Americans.

Despite the heat and dry conditions Saturday at Steel’s Campground near Cataract, Brandon was enjoying time with his dad, Greg Vinson, a veteran firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department.

In January, Brandon was honored by the Indiana House of Representatives, who made him an honorary firefighter in the state of Indiana. But Saturday was another special day for the youngster as he and his dad were joined at the family campsite by his father’s fellow members of the Axemen motorcycle club from Indiana Chapter 2, 1661 of Indianapolis.

“He’s always wanted to be a firefighter, it’s ran in my family and it is in his blood,” Greg said. “We’re all Indy firefighters and members of Axemen, which is a firefighter’s motorcycle club. Once you’re an International Association of Firefighters union fireman, you can become a member of Axemen. Since Brandon got sworn-in as a firefighter in January, the president of our club decided to take it a step further and patch him into the club.”

Much to Brandon’s surprise, the club gathered with many fellow campers to present him with an honorary and to scale leather Axemen’s riding vest.

“He was voted in by our union as a career fireman, then he was sworn in at the statehouse,” Indiana Axemen

Chapter 2 President Derek Hoff said. “It just so happens that we, as a club, talked about making him an Axemen member, so as president, I’m asking you to be a member of our club.”

Brandon had once told his father, “Daddy, I wish I could be an Axemen,” making Saturday’s gathering a special moment and another dream come true.

“I’m real happy, and proud,” Brandon said.

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