By Sunday, firefighters threw the boy a party.
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"We decided to get together, throw him a birthday party, shower him with a lot of gifts, invite his family here and show him that there is a second family out there that he can rely on," Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo told WGRZ.
And did the firefighters deliver!
According to a Facebook post from Buffalo Professional Fighterfighers Local 282, Bryan Matteson from Ladder 6, 4th Platoon made Erick a toy box.
They also got Erick a cake and invited a few superheroes to stop by the celebration.
Erick was also named an honorary member of Engine 33 and can stop by the fire station any time he wants, WGRZ reported.