A seriously-ill boy from Isleworth had his wish granted when he became a real-life Fireman Sam for the day.
Five-year-old Saksham Mamgain, who has been battling cancer for the last year, is nicknamed Fireman Sam due to his love of firefighters and the animated children's programme of the same name.
He spent the day with a crew at Wembley fire station last Thursday (January 29) during a visit organised by the London Fire Brigade and Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity.
The delighted youngster was presented with his own uniform and got to slide down a fire pole, ride in a fire engine and even aim the hose during a practice drill.
Saksham was diagnosed on his fifth birthday with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia - a cancer of the white blood cells - and has since undergone intense and regular chemotherapy.
Described by his family as a very "brave and positive" little boy and considered a "superhero" among his friends, he was thrilled to meet the real-life heroes he idolises.
Saksham's father, Sanjeev, said: "Saksham was diagnosed with blood cancer on his fifth birthday. We had a very tough time until his chemotherapy finished in November last year. My family was completely exhausted with frequent visits to the hospital, rigorous treatment and its side effects.
"Saksham's wish was beautifully organised. Everyone at the fire station worked hard to keep Saksham happy and make him smile. The day brought lots of positive energy to our whole family. Thanks to all of the brilliant staff at the station and to Rays of Sunshine for organising his wish."
Firefighter Alexander Cardy said: "Saksham made a brilliant firefighter, approaching every activity with energy and enthusiasm.
"He helped the crew in a routine drill, using the hose reel, and even managed a rescue of a stricken watch member from the third floor of the tower! He is a true inspiration and it was an absolute pleasure having him at the station."
Rays of Sunshine arranges special surprises, including dream outings, for seriously ill young people aged three to 18 across the UK.