This School Fire Drill Is Anything But Routine

Firefighter takes opportunity to propose

Fire drills have never been so...romantic? Ohio firefighter Justin Deierling found a creative way to pop the question to his girlfriend last Wednesday, when he surprised her by proposing during what appeared to be a routine fire drill.
Megan Zahorec, a counselor at Greentown Intermediate School in North Canton, Ohio, didn't expect to exit the school to find a banner on the side of Deierling's fire truck reading "Miss Z - Will You Marry Me?"

"[The kids] saw the sign before she did and they went wild," Deierling told ABC. Zahorec, who was in charge of the drill, was too focused on counting kids to notice the real reason her boyfriend was present.

"I was just like, 'Oh my gosh, no way,'" she said of seeing the banner, which she finally noticed after a bevy of screaming kids gave it away. "I was completely shocked. I felt like I'm going to pass out."

She didn't pass out, though. She just said "yes."

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Deierling told the Huffington Post that he met Zahorec six months ago, when she volunteered at the fire station. "We passed out water to kids in a walk-a-thon. I knew instantly that she was someone special by the way that she interacted with the kids. I wanted to incorporate how we met and the kids, who she adores, into the proposal."

Adam Deierling, Justin's brother, filmed the proposal. He told that his brother had been planning it for two weeks, and told only him and a few other people at the school and the firehouse.

"Everyone went nuts when they revealed the sign and Justin took a knee," he told HuffPost Weddings. "It was all very exciting."

Zahorec wasn't the only one getting a ring during the fire drill. According to Fox, Deierling and his fellow firefighters handed out around 600 ring pops to kids after Zahorec said "yes."

While the couple have yet to set a concrete wedding date, her students are already well into the planning stages. "They want me to get married in the gym and they want to be my flower girls and ring bearers," she told ABC. "Or if the weather's nice, they said maybe I should do it on the field."

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March 27 2014 at 6:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what a great way to waste tax payer money by using a town owned firetruck for personal use and wasting productive educational time for the students he should be discharged of all duties with the FD. in that town untill a proper investigation is done on the waste of cash and fuel on the TowN OWNED TRUCK and she should be suspended for have a romatic moment in front of minors whos parents my not approve of such affection in the presence of the child or children

March 27 2014 at 6:12 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I find this to be a good use of tax payers dollars actually. The fire department has to make practice runs and locate government buildings constantly and also perform routine disaster senarios. It is also good for public relations for the community to show the kids firemen are friendly and human people. awesome awesome act .

March 27 2014 at 6:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is how the world should live ...... awesome!!!!!!!!!

March 27 2014 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pretty cool. Great to see romance is still alive in the American male.

March 27 2014 at 5:14 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Imagine trying to pull this in a city like Los Angeles or Chicago.

Probably be a drive-by shooting while the firefighter is on one knmee proposing.

March 27 2014 at 3:26 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Aw - so romantic!

March 27 2014 at 2:42 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Very sweet!!! love it congrats to them!

March 27 2014 at 2:42 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

oh how cute. get back to work!

March 27 2014 at 2:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

This is such a unique and sweet way to propose! Happy for the two of you. The only reason why people are writing miserable comments on this is probably because no one has never proposed to them!

March 27 2014 at 1:40 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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