Photos: Firefighters take students with hearing impairments to zoo

Firefighters pulled their money together for the trip and accompanied the students

By FireRescue1 Staff

TULSA, Okla. — Firefighters spent their day off with a group of students with hearing impairments at the zoo.

Tulsa World reported that firefighters with the Tulsa Fire Department paid for the trip and accompanied the students enrolled in an elementary school's deaf-education program.

"A fire department does a lot more than just put out fires," Tulsa Fire Capt. Matt Bell said. "Most of us who do this are called to do this because we enjoy serving people. And most of us have kids of our own. We love kids."

Crews make a trip to the school about once a week, according to the report. Capt. Bell said the students get excited when they see the rigs pull into the parking lot.

"It's been fun to get to know them and see what excites them," Capt. Bell said. "We're just thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of their life."

Firefighters pulled their money together to treat the kids and get them out of the classroom.

"Having these people come in and take an interest in their lives and try to sign with them, it's really important to them," their teacher, Sarah Brewer, said.

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