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Forever Families: Meet Adriell

Posted: 4:54 PM, Jan 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-27 11:45:18-05
Forever Families: Adriell
Forever Families: Adriell
Forever Families: Adriell

Adriell, 9, got to meet his heroes at the Temple Fire Department and find out what it's like to be a firefighter.

High above the city, Temple firefighters show Adriell the lengths they will go to help. 

A hundred feet below, Adriell is fascinated.

"If you ask most of the firefighters here, they probably looked up and wanted to be a firefighter and now they get to do the best job in the world which is helping people and meeting kids like Adriell," said Temple Fire Department's Thomas Pechal.

He got a tour of the fire station and learned how they eat, sleep and stay ready for the next call.

"What did you like?" asked Central Texas News Now Anchor Lindsay Liepman.

"The big truck," said Adriell with a smile.

"Adriell is a fun spirit and a very curious spirit. He loves to learn new things," said Adoption Caseworker MyNeatric Woodard.  

Woodard says just like a family of firefighters, Adriell wants a family to belong to.

"He really looks for love. He's not an attention seeker. He wants to be loved and find love for himself," said Woodard.

Adriell said he really wants a mom and one other thing.

"Would you want to be a big brother?" asked Liepman.

"Yeah! A big brother," said Adriell.

Adriell is a brave little boy, conquering his fears to step inside the ladder's bucket. Not quite ready to soar above the city but one day he will.

"I hope he walked away knowing that firefighters are helpers in the community and there is always a friendly face at a fire station," said Pechal.

"What's the day going to be like when he's with his forever family?" asked Liepman.

"There aren't enough emotions to explain what that would mean. It's something we're all seeking and hoping and something he deserves and is looking forward to," said Woodard.

Adriell is featured in The Heart Gallery of Central Texas , a program of Partnerships for Children .  

"Forever Families" airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Central Texas News Now.