MIAMI (WSVN) - City of Miami firefighters surprised a grieving mother to pay their respects.
Miami Fire Station 9 delivered flowers and well wishes to Evanie Williams who lost her son, Frederick Williams, after he was killed in a hit-and-run Saturday.
Frederick was on the autism spectrum and was nonverbal, so his medical issues meant fire rescue had to transport him periodically. “Around 10 times in a month, the crews from station 9 would run on him,” said a firefighter. “We kind of built up a rapport with the family — with him.”
“Words can’t come true,” Williams said. “I never knew so much people love him, even when he’s autistic, but I very appreciate everything. I thank them.”
“We just wanted to come out and show our condolences to his mom, which is an extremely good mother,” said one firefighter. “She continued to make sure he got the best treatment, best care, and the therapies that were needed, or getting done.”
Frederick’s sister was also touched by the gesture. “He lost his life, and he was a good person,” she said. “He always held doors for people and tried to help people. For him to just be crossing the road, and the person just hit him like that and kept going is really sad, and it’s a tragedy on our family.”
Police are still searching for the vehicle that struck the 34-year-old.
It happened while he was crossing the street at Northeast Second Avenue and 57th Street in Little Haiti.
If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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