Firefighters attend Cle Elum girl's birthday party after friends didn't show up

Firefighters attend a girl's birthday party after her classmates didn't show up

CLE ELUM, Wash. - A birthday party for a 6-year-old Cle Elum girl didn’t go as expected. Madison Wadsten was waiting for her friends to come to her birthday party on Jan. 4. No one showed up.

Her grandfather looked at her. She was heart broken. 

“She had her hands on her cheeks and she looks over at me, tears were streaming down her face,” recalls her grandfather, David Peccalaio. 

He knew he had to do something to cheer up his granddaughter and that’s when he decided to turn to social media. 

“Did a little blur of asking 'hey can anybody or any family with kids maybe show up or you know come on over," Peccalaio said. "Put my phone number on there, explained a little bit of what had happened."

Within minutes his house was flooded with people, including the Cle Elum Fire Department, who say Peccalaio's Facebook post.

“If it wasn’t for the Cle Elum Fire Department showing up, Mike and his wife Sarah, Emily from the EMT,--they put it all together,” Peccalaio said. 

What was once a broken heart was quickly full of pure joy thanks to community members and the firefighters.

“I like how I got to go inside the ambulance, inside the fire truck too,” Wadsten said. 

She said she’ll remember her birthday for a long time. 

“I think it’s a special birthday because I have lots and lots of people come here," Wadsten said. "We got to have a birthday cake and it was so fun."

With a big smile, Madison said it was the best birthday ever. 



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