A critically ill 5-year-old Baltimore boy last nightChief Preis with Khalil Reaves was named "Co-Chief" for the remainder of Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III's term in a surprise celebration hosted by the Towson Fire Station and Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic.

Khalil Reaves also received a surprise trip to Disneyworld from Make-A-Wish, a foundation dedicated to granting the wishes of critically ill children; and a large toy fire truck and other goodies from the Towson Fire Station's 1-C shift.

Chief Preis gave Khalil his badge and a hand-written memo on County letterhead stating: "I hereby appoint Khalil Reaves 'Co-Fire Chief' effective today. This term expires at the end of my tenure as Fire Chief, on December 31, 2018."

Chief Preis described the evening as one of the "most awesome" and touching he has ever experienced in his 28-year career with BCoFD.

Division Chief Francis "Skip" DiPaula, who attended the event, said, "There wasn't a dry eye in the house."