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Louisville's youngest firefighter -- a 10-year-old -- dies of cancer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's youngest firefighter has died.

Visitation for 10-year-old Kevin Olguin is set for Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home in Jeffersontown. The young Buechel boy lost a three-year battle with cancer on Monday.

In Feb. 2013, Louisville firefighters granted Kevin a surprise wish, letting him serve with their department for a day. Kevin dreamed of being a firefighter.

It started when Captain Mark LeMaster quickly forged a friendship with Kevin over their shared desire to battle the flames.

"I work in the schools and I was assigned to his school one day and he came to the office having a bad day, not feeling good," Capt. LeMaster recalled, back in 2013.

LeMaster reached out to his Battalion Chief with Louisville Fire and Rescue, just hoping to bring Kevin in for a tour of the station. It turned into much more: a field trip for his entire third grade class, with Kevin as the star attraction.

"I'm thinking it's impossible," Kevin said, back then. "I think it's like a dream."

Mariela Gonzalez, Olguin's sister, couldn't help her own tearful emotion when she saw the smile on her brother's face.

"This is how I want to remember him: happy," she said, in 2013.

"It's so good to know that we have the support of everybody, you know?" said Stephanie Gonzalez, his other sister, during the field trip. "We are not alone...and we're all together fighting for this."

"I want to say to the firefighter, 'Thank you for making this all happen'" Kevin told WDRB on that day.

Members of the department plan to drive a fire truck during his funeral procession Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church.

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