Grade 2 student Jorja Perrett sits in the passenger seat of the fire truck as it pulls into the department Thursday. — Star photo by Cory Hurley
CORNER BROOK Jorja Perrett has lost a few teeth, but she had no problem displaying a wide smile Thursday afternoon.
The Grade 2 student at Immaculate Heart of Mary School was selected as a “firefighter for a day” in Corner Brook through a random draw held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Awareness Week.
Out of all the Kindergarten to Grade 3 students in Corner Brook, Perrett’s name was randomly drawn as the winner. The crew at the fire department fired up the engines of a number of their vehicles, and went down to the school to pick up the young girl for a ride.
Seated in the passenger seat of the ladder truck, with sirens blaring at times, she travelled across the city with firefighter Wayne George making sure she enjoyed the experience.
They pulled into the department parking lot in the early afternoon, with Perrett’s family members waiting with their cameras. She was awarded a signatory plastic fire hat, and the prize donated annually by local businessman Rod Lyver.
“It was good,” she said of the drive in the truck.
That was definitely her favourite moment, but it was also special for her to share the experience with the excited classmates who saw her off at the school.
“They were excited for me,” she said.
When it was time to return to school, Perrett was not ready to end her moment in the spotlight. It was firefighter for a day, after all, and she was more than willing to stay around and help out.
Maybe one day.