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Local firefighter uses friends, trucks to plan surprise proposal to girlfriend

Updated: Wednesday, January 1 2014, 09:55 PM CST
EPHRATA -- In Lancaster County, a volunteer firefighter heated things up with a surprise proposal. 

Cameron Hildebrand didn't want to pop the question the traditional way, so he devised a plan his fiancee will never forget.

The Ephrata firefighter wasn't alone -- he enlisted the help of his entire fire company.

“I wanted something out of the ordinary approach,” Hildebrand said.

Hildebrand has been fighting fires for about two years, but it’s what was burning in his heart for girlfriend Kayleigh Peterson that led to this unconventional proposal.

Saturday morning, while Peterson was still asleep, about a dozen firefighters from the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Co. showed up to battle a blaze -- sort of. 

With cameras attached to their helmets, capturing every moment, they turned on a smoke machine inside the house to set off the fire alarms. 

Then two firefighters went in to "rescue" Peterson.

“I didn't really know what to think at first. Well, when I first heard it going off I kinda thought it was just like, a cooking mistake, and I went back to sleep and then I saw them come in and was like, ‘Oh maybe it's for real,’ so I was kind of a little scared at first,” Peterson said.

The first responders got her out of the house from a window, put her in a fire truck's bucket, and lowered her safely to the ground. 

And that's where Hildebrand came out, got down on one knee, and popped the question. 

“Once I figured out what it was, I got really excited. I obviously said ‘yes’,” Peterson said.

It took about a month to plan this surprise. 

“It's crazy that he came up with this, awesome, because I would've never thought to come up with something like this,” Peterson said.

And he couldn't have pulled it off without the help of his family and fire company.

“It was a neat, neat idea and we were glad to be a part of it. Cameron's done a lot for our department, so it was without question we'd also do more, give him something in return,” deputy chief Ken Weber, who helped with the planning, said.

And having them all involved was a given. 

“I grew up around this station and my dad is a firefighter and so is my grandpa so I kinda grew up in here and then when I turned 18, I wanted to join myself,” Hildebrand said. 

The couple plans to get hitched in November of this year. Local firefighter uses friends, trucks to plan surprise proposal to girlfriend

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