VIDEO: Maui’s Trucker Dukes Made Honorary Firefighter

December 14, 2015, 6:11 PM HST · Updated December 15, 4:05 PM
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Beloved Maui boy, Trucker Dukes, who has been battling a rare and aggressive cancer for about a year, was recognized today as an honorary firefighter with the Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety.  The event included a badge pinning ceremony, taking an oath to fight hard against cancer, a spin around the station in a fire truck, chocolate cake, toy firetrucks and his own firefighter turnout gear.

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    Trucker Dukes is the youngest son of Maui fire fighter Joshua Dukes and Maui jewelry maker Shauna Dukes. Trucker’s dad spoke with us during today’s events and provided an update on his son’s battle against cancer.

    Monetary donations to the “Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund” can be made online and at any Bank of Hawaii branch or at the Give Forward “Baby Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund” webpage. Regular updates on Trucker and fundraising events are posted on www.facebook.com/teamtrucker.

    Trucker taking the oath of office as an honorary firefighter. Photo by Wendy Osher. Dec. 14, 2015.

    Trucker taking the oath of office as an honorary firefighter. Photo by Wendy Osher. Dec. 14, 2015.

    Trucker taking the oath of office as an honorary firefighter. Photo by Wendy Osher. Dec. 14, 2015.

    Trucker taking the oath of office as an honorary firefighter. Photo by Wendy Osher. Dec. 14, 2015.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Maui Fire Chief Jeff Murray, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Maui Fire Chief Jeff Murray, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with is parents and Fire Chief Jeff Murray, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with is parents and Fire Chief Jeff Murray, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with his brothers, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with his brothers, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Fire Chief Jeff Murray and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Fire Chief Jeff Murray and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu and Trucker Dukes. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu and Trucker Dukes. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu and Trucker Dukes. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu and Trucker Dukes. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with Fire Chief Jeff Murray and his parents to the left. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with Fire Chief Jeff Murray and his parents to the left. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with Fire Chief Jeff Murray and his parents to the left. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with Fire Chief Jeff Murray and his parents to the left. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with Fire Chief Jeff Murray and his parents to the left. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with Fire Chief Jeff Murray and his parents to the left. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes playing with his new fire engines. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes playing with his new fire engines. Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes and his brother outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes and his brother outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes shooting water with his dad, firefighter Joshua Dukes outside of the Kahului Fire Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Trucker Dukes, Dec. 14, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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