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WADDINGTON — Grant D. Hayes, 5, might be too young to fulfill his dream of becoming a firefighter just yet, but that hasn’t stopped him from helping out his community’s fire department and rescue squad.

Grant recently raised $50 through a lemonade stand outside his home during garage sale days. He chose to donateevery penny to the Waddington Volunteer Rescue Squad.

“I wanted to do it because if anyone got hurt, they would have money to help them,” the kindergartner said.

Grant’s parents, Katherine and Ryan P. Hayes, said they were proud their son was learning to help others all on his own.

“We were unsure when he got the money if he would part with it,” Mrs. Hayes said. “It’s easy to change your mind at 5 years old. But he had no qualms about it – not once. We’re pretty excited about that.”

June L. Dumas, president of the rescue squad, said the money would go to the squad’s general fund to support supplies and equipment.

“I think it’s wonderful that the youth think of our volunteer organizations, and Grant graciously donated his money to our squad,” Mrs. Dumas said.

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