'Iron Boy, we need your help': Sydney boy becomes superhero to save a damsel in distress

Gus Bruno

Dressed in a red Iron Man suit before jumping into a convoy on a mission to save a damsel in distress, nine-year-old Domenic has had his dream of becoming a superhero come to life.

Little Domenic, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was playing near his home in Sydney’s south-west when a police helicopter landed nearby and asked for his assistance in saving TV reporter Hope Joy.

Domenic, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was quickly whisked away in PolAir to a ‘top secret’ operations room in Parramatta’s state crime command for immediate briefing. Photo: NSW Police
Domenic, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was quickly whisked away in PolAir to a ‘top secret’ operations room in Parramatta’s state crime command for immediate briefing. Photo: NSW Police

He was quickly whisked away to a ‘top secret’ operations room in Parramatta’s state crime command and transformed into his favourite superhero, Iron Man.

It was there that Domenic was briefed by NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione that Hope Joy, a fictional reporter, had been kidnapped and was being held in the evil clutches of Ultron on Sydney Harbour .

"Officers have confirmed that Clark Island has been over taken by Ultron’s henchmen and Hope Joy is being held captive," said Police Commissioner Scipione told Domenic via video message.

"If I could make one wish it would be for you to help us Iron Boy."

From that moment, celebrities from around the world and around the country got behind Iron Boy and his mission to save Sydney city.

Walking through the doors of the Parramatta police headquarters, Domenic had a message for his foe:

"I am ready to get down to business," he said, shaking hands with Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon on the way.

Iron Boy (Domenic) with Captain Rhodes (Domenic’s brother Joseph). Photo: NSW Police
Iron Boy (Domenic) with Captain Rhodes (Domenic’s brother Joseph). Photo: NSW Police

And sure enough, the mini Iron Man was able to track down Hope Joy and valiantly rescue her from the evil Ultron, who had tied her to a tree.

"On behalf of a grateful NSW Police Force and indeed the people of Sydney, I would lie to thanks Domenic for his tremendous efforts today," Commissioner Scipione said on Thursday.

"It can't be easy dealing with an illness like his and we feel privileged to be able to work with Make-A-Wish Australia to ensure his wish to be a famous superher came true," he added.

Months and months of planning from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in collaboration with NSW Police was involved in organising the big day, which parallels the wish granted to a young San Francisco boy who became Bat Kid in 2013.

According to the foundation, little Domenic said if could possess any super power, he would possess the power "to heal.

"[Domenic] was a very caring child, more interested in helping children and other people rather than playing with toys," his mother said in a video posted on the foundation's website.

Nine-year-old Domenic has had his dream of becoming a superhero come to fruition. Photo: Facebook
Nine-year-old Domenic has had his dream of becoming a superhero come to fruition. Photo: Facebook

“He always wanted to know what was going on around him in the world, how he could help others.

“I guess the final straw was when he just sat up at the dinner table and said ‘I am Iron Boy’ and we pretty much had to go with it from then.”