Thanks to local fire departments and medics, a dying man’s wish to see the new “Star Wars” movie is expected to come true Saturday.
Ron Villemaire, 69, is terminally ill and is in hospice care in Bedford, New Hampshire, his daughter, Elizabeth Ngo, said Friday.
Villemaire is a huge “Star Wars” fan, but can’t sit in a seat or get to a theater.
“Nothing would make me happier,” Villemaire, who has late-stage cancer that spread from his colon, told WMUR-TV earlier this week. “That would be something to take with me.”
Ngo made a public plea that led, the Bedford and New Boston fire departments to take him Saturday by ambulance to a theater, and transfer him to a hospital bed provided at the theater in Epping.
Medics will also be there while he watches “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
“We decided to partner to make his dream come true,” New Boston Fire Chief Dan MacDonald said.
He said the movie theater manager and a representative of a group that dresses up as “Star Wars” characters talked to Villemaire, who “just couldn’t believe it.”
People also donated money to help with the outing.
Villemaire was joined by friends and family, as well as storm troopers and Darth Vader.
The U.S. Air Force veteran was also greeted by representatives thanking him for his service.
“He’s thrilled,” Ngo said. “It’s all he talks about.”
Ngo said they’ve held movie marathons to watch the series, and their Christmas tree is covered with “Star Wars” ornaments.
Ngo bought the tickets to the movie about a month ago, but Villemaire started having more pain and it became hard for him to sit up.