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Dream becomes reality for South Georgia man

Valdosta - Alvin Langley has always dreamed of being a fireman, and Monday, he finally got the chance. "I want to put out fires," said Langley.

"Its a once in a lifetime opportunity, his time to shine," said Tyra Creasy, Dream Team Member.

Just like a trained firefighter, he can man the hoses, check the hydrants, and go high up in the sky in a tower truck. It's all possible because of a group called "Normal Life" that helps the mentally challenged become productive members of society. The organization recently started a "Dream Team" to help people like Alvin live out their fantasies. "It's real emotional, just getting to be a part of this team and making his dream come true, its like my dream comes true too," said Creasy.

It's like an adult version of "Make-a-Wish" but most of these dream recipients don't have a terminal illness. "We don't think days should be numbered to realize dreams," said Tom Crown, Normal Life Director.

Because of his handicap, Alvin may never get to be a real firefighter. But for just one day, none of that matters. "He's going to be on cloud nine for a long time," said Creasy.

"It makes me feel good," said Langley. And everyone involved feels good too, because their efforts made someone's dream come true.

posted by ashley.harper@walb.com