When 6-year-old Brandon Quesnelle pulled a pot of boiling oil on top of himself in a cooking accident almost two months ago, it was Toronto firefighters who tended to his injuries and started him on the long road to recovery.
Yesterday the youngster re-established the bond that was forged in that moment of intense pain and fear, visiting the firefighters at Scarborough Station 245 at Birchmount Rd. and Ellesmere Rd.
The blue-eyed boy in a blue polo shirt stepped out of his mother's van at the station.
He was greeted by firefighter Brian Fogarty, who treated him in the ambulance after the scalding oil ran down his shoulder and back, causing severe burns. Brandon spent the next five weeks in hospital and was only able to return to school on March 27.
"Do you remember the ambulance ride?" Fogarty said.
"No," said Brandon, who then sat on the ground and crossed his legs. "Just my leg hurts when I do this."
Then the little boy wanted to see the fire truck and slide down the pole and try on their boots.
His eyes lit up when he saw the presents from his heroes sitting on the bumper of the truck. The package included a Tonka fire engine, a hockey stick and a Scottish national soccer team jersey.
He also received a package for Camp BUCKO -- Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario -- sponsored by the Toronto Firefighters Association. Brandon can go for one week each summer for 10 years.
"We don't really get many good moments," Fogarty said of the meeting. "He looks a lot better than I had expected."