PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A Philadelphia boy touched the hearts of Philadelphia firefighters Friday morning when he showed up to pay his respects to fallen Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau.
Mitchell Monnerat, who lives across the street from Engine 43 in Center City, spoke with FOX 29’s Steve Keeley Friday morning explaining why he felt it was important to come and say goodbye to Lt. LeTourneau.
Mitchell, 8, told FOX 29’s Steve Keeley he’s like to follow in the footsteps of Lt. LeTourneau and become a firefighter one day.
Mitchell Monnerat,8, dresses in his Fire Chief uniform came out to honor Lt. Matt LeTourneau at the firehouse. He has moved veteran firefighters here with his tribute @PhillyFireDept @RedPawRelief @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/CBueIwsV0N— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) January 12, 2018
He spent part of his morning speaking with veteran firefighters about Lt. LeTourneau, and telling them “how good he lived” and how good of a firefighter LeTourneau was.
From the window of his home, Mitchell says he can see the firetrucks from Engine 43 responding to calls every day.
Honored to have help on this very hard day at work covering another first responder funeral. You get great respect for police&firefighters when you see them in action so often on our job. So 8yr old Mitchell Monnerat making everyone here feel better @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/kicorvZJ3X— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) January 12, 2018
Mitchell’s proud mother detailed how Mitchell runs to the window every time a fire truck pulls out of the garage, and says the firefighters at Engine 43 have helped Mitchell personally on several occasions.
Keeley shared several photos on social media of Mitchell, in his fire chief’s outfit, speaking with a number of firefighters, paying his respects to Lt. LeTourneau.