LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — North Las Vegas firetrucks were in front of Summerlin hospital Tuesday afternoon but this time it's good news.
A 16-year-old patient treated to the ride of a lifetime.
It was a much different assignment for the crew of out of station 53. A young man who has donated two years of his life to the department is now battling some serious health issues. But today, he left the hospital in style.
"This is just awesome", says Johnathan Rubio 16-years-old.
It's the day Rubio had been waiting for. Discharged from Summerlin Hospital after five long weeks surrounded by family and friends.
A North Las Vegas Fire Department explorer, now the center of attention.
"Before all this, I was pretty buff. I had a good time with the fire explorer program. To help other people, that's what I want" says Rubio.
Just a few days after Thanksgiving, Rubio was diagnosed with Leukemia. A nightmare his mother is still adjusting to.
"Everything came so fast because his life was on the line. We almost lost my son," Rubio's mother Lori Harrison told us.
"Taking the treatments makes you sick, and all you want to do is sleep. Then to lose your hair, but I think I look pretty good bald" says Rubio.
He also looks pretty good in the front seat of Engine 53. Firefighters giving Rubio a very special ride home from the hospital.
Captain Cedric Williams from the North Las Vegas Fire Department states, "he's one of ours." William also says Rubio's strength and amazing attitude is touching so many in the department.
"They're the future firefighters. Future paramedics. Out there volunteering on a weekly basis to learn about the life we lead", says Captain William's.
A GoFundMe account has now been set up to help pay for Rubio's expenses. Medical bills are mounting and his family knows he's not out of the woods yet.
However, for this day it's all about the ride.
The Bonanza High School student is more determined than ever to one day join the ranks of The North Las Vegas Fire Department.
"Having them go out of their way and take the fire truck to you, helping me out, that's awesome", says Rubio.