Fire dept. celebrates honorary firefighter

Posted on: 11:08 am, July 9, 2012, by , updated on: 12:03pm, July 9, 2012


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — He is a familiar face around the Midwest City Fire Department. 

Anyone who has worked at the department over the past two decades knows Mike Smith.

“We met Mike Smith over 20 years ago, it was before I was on the department. Our current fire chief and several others used to participate in the Special Olympics,” Midwest City Fire Major David Richardson said.

“They really just clicked. They just felt real close to this guy,” he said.

Bartlesville native, Mike travels to Midwest City every year.

He bunks at the firehouse and, for a couple of days, lives out his dream.

He has been doing this for the past 22 years.

The fire department eventually made him an honorary firefighter.

“I just like hanging out with the guys,” Smith said. “It makes me feel good.”

Each time Mike Smith visits, he leaves with another Midwest City Fire t-shirt.

“It just means the world to him to make it on down and visit with us,” Richardson said.