Female firefighters sent a sweet, very important message to a 4-year-old girl
Four-year-old Esme didn’t believe that girls could be firefighters. So a whole bunch of female firefighters posted messages on Twitter to let her know that she can grow up to be just like them. Prepare for your heart to explode from all of this sweetness.
It all started when Esme’s mom Hannah Summers took to Twitter with a small call-to-action for her followers.
“My 4yr old came home yesterday saying she wished she was a boy so she could be a fireman,” Summers wrote. “When I said girls can be firefighters too she said ‘but I’ve seen in books they are all boys and I don’t want to be the only girl.’ Any good vids/books I can show her?
My 4yr old came home yesterday saying she wished she was a boy so she could be a fireman. When I said girls can be firefighters too she said ‘but I’ve seen in books they are all boys and I don’t want to be the only girl.’ Any good vids/books I can show her? #FirefightingSexism
— Hannah Summers (@hansummers) January 18, 2019
She got more than good book recommendations. The tweet pulled in nearly 3,500 likes and caught the attention of the West Midlands Fire Department. Some of the female firefighters in the department shot a special video for the 4-year-old and shared a very important message.
“Hi Esme!” three women said to the camera, in uniform. “We’re firefighters and we’re girls.”
I told you that your heart would explode a little (okay, a lot).
We received this message: "My 4yr old came home saying she wished she was a boy so she could be a fireman. When I said girls can be firefighters too she said 'I’ve seen in books they are all boys -I don’t want to be the only girl.’Our crews have responded! #firefightingsexism pic.twitter.com/7TrHrtxQgJ
— West Midlands Fire Service (@WestMidsFire) January 18, 2019
The video had a big impact on Esme. Her mom later tweeted that her daughter was watching it on repeat. “She now firmly believes 100% that she can be a girl AND a firefighter so thanks again – job done!” Summers tweeted. “She’s also very excited about the invite to visit and would like to try on the yellow helmet!”
To add amazingness on top of amazingness, even more female firefighters joined in to share pictures of themselves in uniform and remind Esme that girls can absolutely be firefighters.
— LFB Ealing (@LFBEaling) January 18, 2019
Hi Hannah I’m also a firefighter in the London Fire Brigade, your daughter can be anything she wants. Don’t let gender stand in the way! #FirefightingSexism #firefighter #girlpower #girlscandoanything 🚒👨🚒 pic.twitter.com/KtgGzeUnqg— Rebecca Rowe (@bexrower) January 18, 2019
And that wasn’t all. People chimed in to remind Esme that she can also grow up to work in any type of emergency services. She would be in very good company.
We also have EMTs, Paramedics, Fire Inspectors, Dispatchers, Lawyers, Plumbers, Mechanics, Doctors, Engineers, Electricians, Mathematicians, and Fire Commissioners #FDNYWomen #GirlsCanToo #WomenInLeadership #WomenInFIREandEMS #WomenInSTEM #TradesWomen pic.twitter.com/7IOKT6f9p8— FDNY Women (@FDNYWomen) January 19, 2019
Hi Hannah! We really hope that your daughter continues to pursue her dream of being a firefighter! We wanted to share with her just a few of the amazing women within our emergency services that are encouraging and inspiring our next generation! pic.twitter.com/8AyUeks0m8— Women Of 911 (@WomenOf911) January 19, 2019
Summers thanked everybody for the pictures and kind, inspiring messages. “Incredibly touched by all the responses to my tweet re my daughter wanting to be a firefighter and the awesome vid by WestMidsFire,” she wrote. “Thanks for all the fantastic photos of women firefighters – you all totally rock.”
Also – to show her gratitude for all of her new heroic friends – Esme drew a picture of herself as a firefighter.
Incredibly touched by all the responses to my tweet re my daughter wanting to be a firefighter and the awesome vid by @WestMidsFire Thanks for all the fantastic photos of women firefighters - you all totally rock. Esme has drawn a pic of herself as a firefighter to say thank you pic.twitter.com/q4qTdU9d9I— Hannah Summers (@hansummers) January 19, 2019
Sometimes the internet can be a very, very good place.
Three cheers to all the female firefighters who sent special messages. They just made a four-year-old girl (and the rest of the Twitterverse) very, very happy.