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Man's dying wish to ride in fire truck fulfilled

Published On: Feb 18 2014 09:30:45 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 19 2014 01:00:00 AM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

A Redding man diagnosed with cancer had his wish to ride in a firetruck fulfilled on Tuesday.

47-year-old Jeffrey Scarborough spent his afternoon riding high in engine one.

Riding in a firetruck was his dream come true.

Scarborough is developmentally disabled.

He was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer that has spread throughout his body leaving him with just a few weeks to live.

Scarborough said the experience was better than he expected.

Known for exploring the community, Scarborough had a bird's eye view of Redding from the engine's cab on this sunny Tuesday afternoon.

He rode from Shascade Community Services on California Street to the Far Northern Regional Center, which helps the disabled.

Greeting him at the Far Northern Regional Center were family and friends clapping and cheering.

Scarborough said he felt good and special.

For Redding Fire Captain Erick Mattson the happiness is a two-way street.

"You get to look back and see the smile, it's not something they get to do every day it's just a great chance to bless them," said Mattson.

The smiles continued when they stopped at McDonald's, Scarborough's favorite.

At the end of the day Scarborough had a message for everyone who made his dream come true.

"Thank you and God bless you."

The ride-along was organized by Shascade and Far Northern Regional Center.

To help the family with expenses: Jeffrey Scarborough P.O. Box 293 Corning, CA 96021