Heroes and Stars of Ladder 49
In and out of the hospital for years, Mattie fought a rare form of muscular dystrophy—a disease that had already killed two brothers and a sister. With a spirit like no other, and who former president Jimmy Carter called "the most extraordinary person I have ever known in my life," Mattie the peacemaker is finally at rest.
Before Mattie passed away, his mother Jenny shared what the final moments were like with her brave, peaceful angel.
"I looked at him and said, 'Mattie, it's okay to rest,'" Jenny says. "'You are everything God created people to be, you are everything God created you to be, you have done everything you came here for, and it's okay to rest. I love you.'"