5th grader gets ride to school in a fire truck

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -  With her firefighter hat and a goody-bag in hand, Brooklyn Gainey, a 5th grader, was the envy of all her classmates, because she showed up to Mesa's Franklin-Brimhall School on a fire truck Tuesday morning.

“A kid once told me, once you get off the fire truck you should just put on glasses and, like, throw them off, ha,” said Brooklyn.

Brooklyn won the Mesa Fire and Medical Department Emergency Preparedness writing contest. Her winning entry was an essay on staying safe when a local disaster strikes.

It all began earlier this year, when the Mesa Fire and Medical Department gave a Family Preparedness Guide to every 5th grade student to help local families prepare for all emergencies.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the Mesa Fire and Medical Department went to the Mesa public schools and taught Kindergarten through 6th grade about fire safety, bike safety, emergency preparedness and CPR.

The 5th grade students had an opportunity to write a short story about Emergency Preparedness, and were told that one winner would be chosen to win a ride to school in a fire truck.

Gainey was thrilled to be named the winner. She talked to us Tuesday about her emergency preparedness plan.

“You should have one because you don't want to get hurt; you don't want to break anything and you want to be safe inside your house,” said Brooklyn.

“Her essay was very clear and precise. It was cute and funny and it had information that you can be prepared and you don't have to spend a lot of money to have an emergency preparedness kit,” said Lela Hinds-Peterson with Mesa Fire. 

“It made me feel so proud of her. I really thought that was awesome and that she gets to experience this! We're very proud of her accomplishments,” said April Gainey, Brooklyn's mom.

We tagged along Tuesday as Brooklyn headed to school in style. As she pulled up to the school, firefighters turned on the lights and sirens which caused all the kids to stop playing and see what was going on. They ran to the fence to watch her step down off the truck like a celebrity walking the red carpet.

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