4-year-old boy recognized by the Panama City Fire Department

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Four-year-old Garrett Moore of Lynn Haven has had multiple surgeries for his heart condition and battling the condition since birth.

"Garrett was born with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which means the left side of the heart is so undersized that it's not usable," said Garrett's father, Doug Moore.

Garrett had his first open heart surgery when was just five days old and two more since then. The Panama City Fire Department presented Garrett with a firefighter helmet for his bravery while dealing with his heart condition.

"Garrett has had an incredible attitude through this whole process and to see the smile on his face when they presented him the t-shirt and the helmet was something that you can't put into words," said Moore.

"The helmet he receives is an actual fire fighter helmet that was worn by a fire fighter who retired," said Panama City Fire Chief Alex Baird. "We clean the helmet up, everybody in the fire department signed their name, we put his name on the shield of the helmet."

Garrett has always dreamed of becoming a firefighter and now his dream has come true. Garrett also received a shirt and firefighter certificate.

He and his family also rode on a fire truck and learned more about what firefighters do every day.

Panama City Fire Chief Alex Baird says they've given 11 helmets to kids just like Garrett in the "Lids 4 Kids" program. He says they're hoping to give at least one helmet a month to kids in the program next year.