A firefighter from Washington had quite the evening when he was called to put out a fire—just after he popped the question to his girlfriend! Hey, when duty calls...
Last Sunday, Lucas Mayne, 26, of Eatonville had coordinated a surprise engagement for girlfriend Summer Holst, 21, aboard the Polar Express, a local train ride based off of the children's movie.
“When it was time for Santa to come through the aisles and take pictures with everyone, well, that’s when I had my chance to drop down to a knee and ask her to marry me,” he said. Of course, the bride-to-be said yes.
According to The Olympian, instead of taking his normal route home, Mayne went out of the way to show his future bride a Christmas light show that he and his fellow firefighters had put up at the Eatonville fire station. But as he got closer to the fire station, he noticed a crowd of people standing in the street.
“That’s when Summer turned and saw the flames, just before I did,” he said. An Eatonville wine and liquor store was on fire.
“Then we looked back at the station and we noticed all the lights were off, there were no cars parked in front,” Mayne said. Due to the fact that they were short staffed at the time, the station was completely unmanned.
“We looked at each other and she said, ‘You need to go, don’t you?’” he recalled.
The solo firefighter then grabbed his gear from the local fire station and met firefighters from a nearby town to put out the flames, but not without the help of his new fiancée. Holst was at his side, removing kinks from the fire hoses.
“I had to tell her, ‘Honey, I can handle this. Please stay back and stay safe,’” Mayne said.
A full fire crew finally relieved the couple, and the two were able to make it to her parents' home. The two are set to tie the knot on August 17th.
Hopefully they won't have to tag team any other fires before then!