FREEPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - If you don't have your dad around for this Father's Day, you'd probably give anything for just one more day with him. For one young man from Freeport, he knows this year may be his last Father's Day with his dad, due to his medical condition. Thanks to the help from a stranger, he made this Father's Day one to remember.
It all started when Justin Dicken shared an emotional message on Facebook. His father, Tommy Dicken, has severe heart problems and doctors estimate he has a little more than two years to live.
"I made the post to see if I could get some help because I really wanted to take him fishing, because I wanted to make it special. I'm glad Captain Brad got a hold of me and gave me the chance to make it happen," said Justin Dicken.
For the Dicken's family, fishing has always been a family favorite activity.
"You know if I was off work or he was out of school or whenever it wasn't raining we would try to go," said Tommy Dicken.
Captain Brad Bishop of Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters was happy to step in and take the father and son out, free of charge. He wanted to make their special day a memorable one.
" I commented and told him I'd take him for no charge. He [Justin] sent me a private message and we got it planned," said Bishop.
"Well I couldn't imagine not having a dad for Father's Day and I'm going to do this for Justin and his family. It's all from the heart, it's not about money, none of that. I got to get these guys out here and catch some fish," said Captain Bishop.
Tommy is hoping his son will remember this day and their passion for fishing and pass it on to his future children.
"Take this experience and pass it on to your kids you know the love that I give you make sure you give it back to them. You know that's all I can ask for. Be remembered years on from now being the best dad I can be. That's all I've ever tried to be," said Tommy Dicken.
Justin told us he wishes the fishing trip could last longer.
"I wish it'd last 20 years long. Just hope we enjoy it, I know we're going to enjoy it. I'll remember it forever," said Justin Dicken.
Tommy, Justin, and Captain Brad were out for 11 hours and caught 12 fish. They told us it was the best Father's Day they've ever had.