Old Town Students Enjoy Fire Engine Ride to School

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

A trip to school turned into quite a ride for a sister and brother from Old Town. Thanks to a coloring contest, they hopped aboard a fire engine Wednesday morning.Most school days don’t start off with poses and pictures, unless you’re getting on a fire truck first.”Where’s the fire truck taking you – to school!” says Ellie Curtis.”To school!” adds Gabe Curtis.2nd grader Ellie Curtis and her 4-year-old brother Gabe got a lift from the Old Town Fire Department.Ellie won the ride as part of a Fire Prevention Week coloring contest this fall. And Lt. Mark Graffam says she wasn’t accepting the prize alone. “She said the only way she’d go in the fire truck is if her bother could go, so I thought that was kind of nice.”Mom Shana Curtis says “She really wanted her brother to ride with her, partly just for security and comfort but also because she didn’t want him to feel left out.”Shana says the kids were excited to see what a little creative coloring could do.”They were just besides themselves when they got the call to go down to the fire station and meet the firefighters and see the fire house. And then to be chosen to ride in the fire truck, they were just ecstatic.”Buckled safely in the back, Ellie and Gabe headed off to Old Town Elementary School. “They got a nice ride sitting in the back,” says Graffam. “And we’re fortunately we didn’t get a call, cause that would have been a little special bonus I guess. Getting off the truck, Mom asks Gabe “What was the best part?” “Driving!” he says.After a ride they’ll never forget, Ellie and Gabe were finally off to class – but not before one last picture.


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