Firefighters from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue made a surprise visit this week to patients at Inova Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, dressed as some familiar characters. Superman, Supergirl, Spiderman and Captain America repelled down the side of the hospital to say “hi” and lift the spirits of the young patients.
Members of the Technical Rescue Team manned the ropes as the superheroes dropped by the patients’ windows, waving, and even playing games with the kids using dry-erase markers on the windows. “The kids were thrilled when they got to look out their windows and see superheroes coming to say hi,” says Jamie Gentille, director of Child Life Services at Inova. “During COVID they haven’t gotten any special visitors inside.”
The firefighters know how important visits like these can be, especially Loren Jewell. “When I was 14 years old, I had bone cancer, childhood cancer and I was treated for my cancer here in this hospital,” she shares while dressed as Supergirl. “And I’ve been in remission now for almost 17 years. I’ve been on the other side of the glass, so to be able to be on this side of the glass today and connect with them and just show them that they’re not alone and we’re here.”
The Fairfax County Technical Rescue Team said they hope to make the superhero visit an annual event.