Hartland Firefighters Honor Young Hero

Mitchell Dybalski of Hartland became an honorary member of the Hartland Area Fire Department during a fundraiser at Village Elementary.

It was a touching moment on Friday night as Fire Marshall Mike Bernardin presented a plaque to 6-year-old Mitchell Dybalski, honoring the young Hartland boy as an honorary Hartland firefighter.

"This certifies that the recipient has proven to have the qualities of bravery, courageousness, compassion and heart and is hereby recognized henceforth as an honorary member of the brotherhood and sisterhood of the Hartland Area Fire Department."

A kindergartner at Village Elementary, Mitchell has been battling a form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma since 2012. It was a fight the family thought they had won until last month when doctors gave the family the news that scans showed the cancer had returned and Mitchell was facing a relapse.

Donations can be made to the family online. For more information, check out the Facebook page dedicated to Mitchell's Mission.

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