West Carrollton students get ride of a lifetime


WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It wasn’t your typical car ride to school.

Four elementary school students in West Carrollton got to hitch a ride on a fire truck on Friday morning.

They were selected from a group of 66 students who created home fire safety plans for their families after attending a fire safety program hosted by the West Carrollton Fire Department last month.

“This project creates a dialogue between the children and the parents and they start thinking about what they’re going to do, how they’re going to meet, who they’re going to call so they have all that ready to go,” said West Carrollton paramedic and firefighter Josh Whitehead. “So, when we show up on the scene, hopefully, everybody’s out and we don’t have to worry about them.”

The winners got to come to Fire Station 56 in West Carrollton to have breakfast with first responders, take a tour of the fire station, and finally to ride to their schools in a fire truck.

The students were taken to Harold Schnell Elementary and Harry Russell Elementary Schools.

The four winning students were Harold Schnell students Sofia Santillan, second grade, and Kadence Cavour, first grade, as well as Harry Russell students James Weber, third grade, and Caleb Elter, first grade.

This is the third year for the program.

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