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Firefighters Grant Dying Forest Ranger’s Last Wish

By - 9th August 2019
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What would your last wish be? You would probably only know when you were on your deathbed, but for a lot of people, it will involve family. Maybe seeing your kids one last time, or your mom and dad. But, for this forest ranger, it was something entirely unexpected, and very difficult to achieve.

Edward Reis, 62, was a forest ranger for most of his life. In his later years, however, he had multiple sclerosis and spent years in a hospice. The nurses and people who cared for him became his family, as he didn’t have anyone else.

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They made his life a happy time, but there was still one thing he missed.

A few weeks before he died, chaplain Curt Huber asked Edward if he had any final wishes. There was one thing.

Edward wanted to go back to the forest he worked in his whole life. He loved that forest and wanted to be there one last time. But, as a bedbound man, this would prove to be a difficult task.

forest ranger last wish

He couldn’t walk and he couldn’t sit in a wheelchair, but nurses quickly got in touch with the local fire service. Sure enough, they offered to help. They took Edward, in his hospital bed, to his forest, and wheeled him around. They stopped often, to listen to the stream or to smell the bark.

“The wheels of a gurney are like a shopping cart, so very small wheels on a trail — and it wasn’t like one of those little running trails at all, it was like a hiking trail … and we would stop every so often and he would just sit and listen,” said Leigh Gardner, a nurse from the hospice. “And you know I went over to him and I said, ‘Are you happy?’ He’s like, ‘I’m so happy.'”

forest ranger last wish

Their kindness granted Edward’s last wish, and he died a happy man. Let us know what you think of this heartwarming story in the comments, and share with your family and friends.

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