Firemen Honor 4 Year-old Montcalm County Boy’s Dying Wish

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STANTON, Mich.-  A tiny white casket was set on top of a Stanton Fire Truck Monday, as the Montcalm County Fireman’s Honor Guard drove the body of 4 year-old Breylon Senn, of Howard City, through town. Breylon died on Friday, February 15, 2013, after fighting Mitochondrial Disease since he was an infant. The disease attacks the mitochondria of the cells, killing of organs and leaving the victim very weak.

Usually, the fire truck honor is reserved for retired or current firefighters who pass away, but Lt. Brandon Stowell said that because of the circumstances, they extended the honor to Brey; it was his wish.

While Brey’s fight is over, his family now continues the battle with his 1 year-old sister Brynlee. Ashlee and Gavin Senn, Brey’s parents, found out that they were pregnant for Brynlee when their son was 3 years-old. Doctors explained that there was a 25 percent chance Brynlee would be born with the disease and she was. The couple has a 6 year-old daughter named Lauren who is extremely healthy.

Anyone wishing to make donations, can give to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation-Breylon Senn Research Fund.


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  • Karen

    May his family find strength and comfort in the men and women who chose to support a little boys wishes. Prayers that the fight will be won this time around… Prayers <3

  • Samantha

    That is so amazing. Made me tear up. I hope his family is doing well, I know it can't be easy, and I hope his little sister fights good and hard like her brother. Many condolences and well wishes to the Senn family.

  • Kathy

    I pray that God watch over Brey's family & frineds during this time of sorrow. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around them to give them the comfort they so deserve. God bless the firemen for giving Brey his wish.

  • Nan

    My friend's grandson is fighting this terrible disease. I pray that a curewill be found for the one's that have it, I also pray that our HvenlyFather wil give strength to thefamilies that havelostloved ones and the ones that have this disease. May God be with all of you.

  • shyhippy

    I think giving the Sweet little boy a firemans funeral was the honorable thing to do as he was a fighter and his dream was to be a fireman. I hope that the family can get through this with the love of family and friends and the strength god will give them!!!

  • shaea

    may god hold this family in his hands and close to his heart. and god bless these brave firefighters for what they did and do every day.

  • Linda

    This story brought tears to my eyes an Im hoping the Good lord will be there for them as the years go by. Stay strong for your little one an hoping theres a cure soon. Thanks to the fire deptment for honorong the childs last request

  • Diane Humphrey

    My granddaughter has been fighting this disease since birth. Her father (My son) is a fire fighter in Gary, IN. We cherish every moment with our beautiful granddaughter, Ruth.
    Brey and his family are in my prayers and have my deepest sympathy.

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