A couple days ago, I wrote about taking our kids to the park and teaching our daughter to ride her bike without training wheels. Something happened as we were leaving that was just as cool.
As we were walking to the car, we noticed a fire engine sitting in the parking lot with the firefighters sort of milling around it. Our daughter asked if she could go over to say hi. Since there didn’t seem to be an emergency situation, we decided that it would probably be ok, so we walked over there.
Before we could get close enough to actually say anything, one of the young men saw us and immediately stopped what he was doing in order to greet us. With a huge smile on his face, he came over and said hi to both kids. He took the kids over to the truck to let them see some of the very cool stuff. They got to hold the hose and try on the hats and jackets. All of the firefighters came over to say hello and shake our hands.
The kids started out pretty shy, but they quickly warmed up to the awesome firefighters from Engine 33. They had a great time, and it was even a pretty cool experience for the wife and I. I don’t think it’s something that any of us will forget anytime soon.
It turns out that the firefighters were at the park because they were getting ready to go for a run. The fact that they took 15 minutes out of what I’m sure is a hectic schedule to meet and greet 2 young kids is pretty awesome. What was really cool is that they honestly seemed to enjoy the experience. This didn’t appear to be something that they are forced to do as part of their job. They genuinely seemed to like showing the kids around the truck. It doesn’t get much more awesome than that.
Therefore, I just wanted to say thank you to the San Diego Fire Department, specifically, the fine men and women of Engine 33. You put a smile on our kids’ face, and there’s nothing better than that.