Photo opportunity helps fulfill local boys’ wish

Parkview EMT Logan Ison (right) watches as Hunter Barron (left) tries out the radio while Eli Barron sits in the driver’s seat of a Parkview EMS ambulance on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The boys’ father was a volunteer firefighter and rescue squad member in Tennessee until losing his life in a car crash in July. The boys and their mother have since moved to Huntington and Sheriff Terry Stoffel arranged for the brothers to have their photo taken with the ambulance, a Hummer and a fire truck in honor of their late father.
Parkview EMT Logan Ison (right) watches as Hunter Barron (left) tries out the radio while Eli Barron sits in the driver’s seat of a Parkview EMS ambulance on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The boys’ father was a volunteer firefighter and rescue squad member in Tennessee until losing his life in a car crash in July. The boys and their mother have since moved to Huntington and Sheriff Terry Stoffel arranged for the brothers to have their photo taken with the ambulance, a Hummer and a fire truck in honor of their late father.

Two young boys who lost their dad this summer had one of their wishes fulfilled when they had their picture taken with a trio of emergency vehicles on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Eli and Hunter Barron posed in front of a drab Hummer from the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, a bright red fire/rescue truck from the Huntington County Fire Department and a lime green ambulance from Parkview EMS, along with police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

The photo op was arranged by Sheriff Terry Stoffel after the boys had seen the Hummer parked at the local jail and told their mom, Tosha Barron, they thought it would be really neat to have their picture taken with the vehicle.

“They said they thought it would make their dad proud if they got their picture taken with the Hummer,” Tosha Barron says.

The boys’ dad, Jonathan Barron, was a United States Navy veteran and had volunteered with the Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad and Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, in Paris, TN, for four years before his death in a one-vehicle crash on July 20. Both departments responded to the crash.

Tosha Barron stopped by the jail to relay her sons’ request to Stoffel, who immediately agreed to ready the Hummer for a picture — and rounded up the fire truck and ambulance to make the occasion even more special.

After the photo, Eli, 10, and Hunter, 7, got to climb in all three vehicles and try out the lights, sirens and horns.

Eli and Hunter are students at Flint Springs Elementary School, where they enrolled after moving to Huntington from Tennessee about two weeks ago. Tosha Barron said the family decided to move to Huntington because her family lives in the area.