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Video: Mutual aid assists FF with marriage proposal

Lisbon Firefighter Justin Sayre surprised his girlfriend with help from another local fire department and a smoke machine


By Laura French

LISBON, Wis. — A Wisconsin fire department assisted a local firefighter in staging a surprise marriage proposal last month.

About 10 Western Lakes Fire District firefighters responded to the home of Nurse Kelly Cook in May with five vehicles to “put out” a shed fire, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. When firefighters led Cook out of the house to show her firefighters forcing entry into the shed, Lisbon Firefighter Justin Sayre took the opportunity to remove his helmet and SCBA, get down on one knee and take out an engagement ring.

The fire and response were all part of the surprise proposal, with a smoke machine used for training set up by the shed to create the mock fire scene. The rest of the neighborhood had been notified of the plan beforehand.

Sayre had reached out to the department for assistance in setting up the proposal after seeing a similar firefighter proposal from last year. He said he wanted to do something special after the COVID-19 pandemic put a hitch in his plans.

Western Lakes Fire District Assistant Chief told the Journal Sentinel that the department was happy to take part and have been working to “lift people’s spirits” in the community with drive-by birthday, wedding and anniversary celebrations.

“The fire service offers assistance to other agencies when the stakes are high and resources are needed so when a firefighter from a neighboring agency needed some backup to propose to a lovely nurse living nearby, we made it happen!” the department wrote on Facebook.

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