Boy visits a Hunter Valley fire station only to find it was closed

The most heart-wrenching photo you’ll see today: Fire truck-obsessed boy visits a local station during a special day out with his grandfather – only to find it was closed

  • Aspiring firefighter Jozeph visited a fire station and was upset to find it closed
  • Heartbreaking photo taken by great grandfather shared by Fire and Rescue NSW 
  • Morpeth Fire Station in the NSW Hunter Valley hopes to welcome him soon
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A heartbreaking photo has emerged of an upset little boy after his dream of visiting a fire station was crushed.  

Jozeph was recently enjoying a day out with his great-grandfather when the pair decided to drop into Morpeth fire station in the NSW Hunter Valley, near Newcastle, only to find the station closed with no one inside.

Despite his back facing the camera, the resulting photo sums up the little boy’s utter devastation.

The aspiring firefighter is captured leaning against the closed roller door as he gloomily stares down at the ground, shattered he missed out on seeing the big red trucks he adores so much.


Jozeph (pictured) was heartbroken when the aspiring firefighter’s dream of visiting a station was crushed

Jozeph’s great-grandfather sent the heart-wrenching photo to Fire and Rescue NSW. On Monday, the image was uploaded to their Facebook page.

The photo has since gone viral with more than 1,000 reactions and hundreds of comments and shares within hours.

Among those who commented was the boy’s mother.

‘This is my little boy, he is obsessed with the fire trucks and asks to see them every time we are in Morpeth,’ Alannah McKewen wrote.

‘He was lucky enough a few weeks ago to have a quick visit and we will definitely be back.’

She later added Jozeph’s cousin is a firefighter at Wallalong station and has already brought him RFS pants and top. He is now on the lookout for a helmet.

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Jozeph’s great grandfather’s heartbreaking photo went viral after it was publicly shared by Fire and Rescue NSW on its Facebook page on Monday

Firefighters from other stations in the region were also touched by the photo of the adorable little boy.

‘Bring him to 260 Newcastle/Hazmat on Friday if you can. We’d be happy to show him around. The BA training simulator will be there to add to his adventure,’ a firefighter commented.

Another added: ‘Come to Salamander Bay Jozeph. We’ll look after you.’

The Morpeth station also shared the photo on its own Facebook page.

‘This picture says it all,’ the post was captioned.


Morpeth fire station (pictured) hopes to welcome Jozeph back for a VIP visit at a later date

Fire and Rescue NSW has since reminded everyone they are welcome to stop by at their local station to request a tour. 

‘If it’s not attended you can direct message its Facebook page or google their number to find out what time may work,’ the Facebook post states.

‘Many of FRNSW’s firefighters started their career with a station tour as soon as they could walk!’

The Fire and Rescue NSW’s statewide annual open day will be held on May 18.

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