The O’Fallon Fire Protection District proudly announces the Keira Strong Challenge, in remembrance of honorary OFPD firefighter Keira Stout.
The 9 year old, who passed away earlier this year, is remembered for her optimistic outlook, even while battling a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.
She first joined the OFPD ranks in October 2016, when she received a uniform, badge and personalized purple fire helmet. She captured crews’ hearts, who were incredibly inspired by her strength and resiliency.
The admiration was mutual, according to her mom.
“She was dancing around saying, ‘I’m an honorary firefighter!'” Robin Stout told ABC news at the time. “She was just skipping through the firehouse and was so excited. I was so overwhelmed by their kindness and love and the whole thing was completely amazing.”