Toddler Battling Cancer Becomes Honorary Firefighter in Marshfield

Three year-old Lincoln Schrock Named Honorary Member of MFRD

Today, Marshfield Fire & Rescue Department gained a new member of their crew. Loyal resident Lincoln Schrock, a 3 ½ year-old boy who is fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, loves firefighters, fire trucks, and everything related, and today he became an honorary member of the MFRD.

A team from Love Your Melon Campus Crew Program, specifically a team from UW-Oshkosh, arranged a special day for Lincoln at Marshfield Fire & Rescue, where he received special gifts, a ride in the fire truck, and the opportunity to be a “firefighter for a day.”After arriving at the department, Lincoln was greeted by the department’s Red Shift and members of the media.

“You’re one of us now,” Chief Scott Owen told Lincoln after presenting Lincoln with his own custom-made helmet and uniform.

Lieutenant Brian Barnes worked with Illinois company Junior Firefighter Promotions LLC for the custom gear. Owned and operated by retired firefighter Warner Russell, Russell created the uniform and donated the gear bag, tool kit, and the helmet.

After his welcome, Lincoln toured the apparatus floor, where he sat behind the wheel of each of the department’s engines and operate the lights. While on the apparatus floor, an ambulance call came into the station and he witnessed his heroes in action as they responded to a transport call.

“This is a day all about Lincoln,” said Owen. “We just want him to have a blast and remember it. He’s a pretty cool kid. It’s just fun watching his face and his expressions and how much he’s enjoying it.”

Lincoln’s parents, Matt and Kaitlin Schrock, along with younger brother Bridger, were also in attendance.

“It has been so special to us,” said Kaitlin. “Firefighters are his heroes. He gets to live his dream of being a firefighter today. I think this is something that he is going to be talking about for years.”

“It’s very special to us and Lincoln,” said Matt. “We thank them for what they did for us.”

Lincoln begins a round of immunotherapy treatment on May 20 in New York City, followed by scans. He will receive seven treatments in total and then vaccines to help keep him healthy.

Lincoln’s full story can be found on his Facebook page.

You can donate to Lincoln here.


The Love Your Melon Campus Crew Program is an exclusive Crew made up of students that are determined to improve the lives of children battling cancer. Campus Crew Members are the driving force behind Love Your Melon. In communities across the country, our Crew Members raise awareness for childhood cancer, represent the brand through promotions and sales events and personally engage with our charitable programming initiatives. The Program has grown to include over 13,500 Crew Members nationwide at 840 different educational institutions.