This morning, Elizabeth Ford, 13, rode to school in style. Firefighters picked Elizabeth up at home for her 13th birthday and drove her to the Westfield Intermediate School in their fire truck. The grand arrival at school came with bells and whistles blaring as firefighters lit up the sky with their lights and got some attention with their sirens.
Today’s ride is part of an ongoing program for Westfield firefighters. The fire department partners with local charities and community organizations donating rides for fundraisers and silent auctions.
“Our community gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride in a fire truck and we get to give back to local charities–it’s just a great program for our community and for us,” said John Barrett fire department spokesperson.
Along with Elizabeth, her friend Anneke Black, 12, got to share the experience, as well. And when all is said and done, it’ll definitely be a birthday to remember.