UINTAH CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - This Thanksgiving Utah has a very special visitor. His name is Mr. Moosey and his job is protecting our first responders.
His travels have taken him across the country for the past year. He’s currently on call with the Uintah City Fire Department after one 5-year-old girl’s caring heart launched a nationwide journey.
Meet Mr. Moosey.
"I love that we get the opportunity to have him all the way over in Utah,” said Alex Lukehart, Uintah City firefighter.
Uintah City firefighters say he’s quite the helper. He joins in on cleaning duties and even responds to calls. You may think, he’s just a stuffed animal, but to these firefighters, he represents so much more.
"He's a symbol of safety,” said Danielle Bird, Uintah City Fire Battalion Chief.
About a year ago, 5-year-old Mackenzie Brown’s mother was stopped by Officer James Gibbas in small Pennsylvania town. During the stop, Mackenzie made a thoughtful decision. She rolled down the window and gave the officer her favorite companion.
"There's just a sweetness about that, that she would be willing to do such a thing,” said Kristen Stuart, Uintah City Fire Public Information Officer.
Mr. Moosey now had a new job: keep Officer Gibbas safe. But the officer had other plans for Mr. Moosey.
He wanted to make sure other first responders got the same special protection. So Moosey’s adventure began. One year and 15 states later, Moosey has been to Miami County, Kansas, Chicago, Ill. and now Uintah City, Utah.
"It's pretty awesome to hear that he's still going around,” said Danielle Bird, Uintah City Fire Battalion Chief.
Fore Fire Captain Casey Christiansen who is an expectant father of twins, for him, Mr. Moosey is an important reminder.
"It means the safety to go home to my little girls they're on their way,” said Christiansen.
At every stop, Moosey collects cool swag because his destination will be back in the arms of Mackenzie Brown.
Firefighters are making sure Mackenzie knows that an act of kindness can travel making an impact far beyond her intentions and creating a Thanksgiving warmth felt thousands of miles away.
Moosey has many more stops in the works including some overseas. He’s expected to be back in Mackenzie’s hands in about a year.
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