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Photos for terminally-ill child inspire the nation

DALLAS, TX (WFAA) - Brotherhood takes many shapes. There are real brothers... And brothers who work together in the same chosen field, like firefighters.

It's those firefighters who are lifting up one child through a special project. 

Firefighters don't cry about a problem, they attack it. And that's what Dallas Fire Lt. Ronnie Roe did for his friend Lt. Dameon Burcie when he had a problem.

"He's the sweetest little kid you'll ever meet," says Lt. Roe.

Bucie's four-year-old son Dyrk is in the final stage of terminal cancer. After five surgeries, nine rounds of chemo and a liver transplant, there's little left to be done for Dyrk. Except enjoy what's left while Dyrk is still strong and feeling good.

"We get this happy time right now," Lt. Burcie says, "But we know we're gonna have that time, as we come, that we gotta sit there [and] watch him pass away. When he can't breathe. Some of the hard times."

To support his friend at this bittersweet time, Roe asked fellow Dallas fire stations to shoot group pictures for Dyrk. And now one is trying to outdo the other... with fire... with tools... with "Dyrk" spelled out in human letters.

The idea has spread to other fire departments across North Texas and the county. And now it's not just firefighters, but cheerleaders, doctors, and nurses, too.

Roe plans to gather them into a book for the Burcie's to keep.

And to remember.

"You get emotionally attached to them like you would your own brother," Roe said, "Something happens to them, you want to be there for them."

So much for firefighters not crying. But sometimes a problem cannot be fixed. Only made easier to bare in knowing you are not alone.

A message delivered one picture at a time.

If you would like to join the "Dyrk Strong Project," you can do it be sending your picture to

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