An 8-year-old with autism got to celebrate his birthday Sunday in style, thanks to his hometown setting up a big surprise.

Brandon Adey said he wanted a fireman, a policeman and a soldier to attend his birthday but the community made sure he got much more. Brandon’s grandmother had posted about his wish on Facebook and the party planning took off once the mayor heard about it. Dozens of people attended his birthday party, including his teachers and classmates. His wish also came true when members of the Army, police department and fire department showed up.

"We all wanted to be a part of it," said a member of the Leominster Fire Department. "Bring the trucks down and make his day special."

The town launched its Autism-Friendly Leominster campaign earlier this month. Town officials said they hope to create a city-wide, inclusive environment for those with autism.

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen him smile so much," said Brandon’s grandmother. "And anybody with a child on the spectrum knows that’s a big deal."

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