Firefighter Proposes During Fire Drill

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WADSWORTH, Ohio – Firefighters were called to an elementary school on Friday, but instead of putting out a fire, they created sparks with some romantic surprises.

Eric Kelley envisioned a marriage proposal that combined two passions:  his job and his girlfriend, Lisa Clark.

Since he’s a Lorain firefighter and she’s a teacher, a fire drill seemed to the best time to get down on one knee.

Eric Kelley and Lisa Clark became engaged on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

“I love being a firefighter and I just thought it was the perfect way to do it to surprise Lisa and I’m really excited about it,” Eric told Fox 8 News before he popped the question.

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, Eric in full fire gear raced to Sacred Heart School in Wadsworth for a call like no other.

“I thought that maybe this is what he was gonna do,” Lisa said of her reaction when she recognized Eric.  “So I shook my head and said, ‘no you’re not gonna do it in front of the whole school.'”

But he did, and she said yes.

The moment was extra special because it was shared with Matthew Leach, Eric’s longtime friend and Streetsboro firefighter, who will serve as best man.

Friday happened to be ten years to the day that Matthew got married, and his wife also works at the school. 

She was equally surprised to see her husband arrive during the drill to wish her a happy anniversary.

The firefighters then got back to work and gave the students a safety presentation.

“I felt like it all came together perfect,” the newly engaged Eric said.

Judging by the glow on Lisa’s face, we’d have to agree.