The volunteer fire department saved the day after a trolley-bus with a wedding in Connecticut suddenly caught fire.
The bus was on preparing for the wedding of the West Avon Congregational Church, west Hartford, to the reception. Justin Stone, 31, and Maria Leonardi, 30, had just said “I do” when they realized flames had broken out on the bus.
The driver used a fire extinguisher to keep the flames under control until the trucks arrived. The Avon Volunteer Fire department of Connecticut put out the fire — but then realized that the bride and groom had lost their drive to their wedding.
The crew was not able to help the entire wedding, but offered to take the couple to the party in the Leonardi family the backyard.
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“Engine 14 with a crew of four – Lt. Kaswer, Lt. Baldwin, Fireman Costill and Fireman Del Gallo – had the great honor to ensure that the couple didn’t miss their own party,” said the AVFD on Facebook Saturday.
Chief Michael Trick, told ABC News, “I am very proud of our volunteer fire department and the men and women who are a part of it, “we were able to help them have a memorable day just a little bit more special.”
The photos show the couple didn’t seem too upset about the last-minute change in plans. Leonardi told ABC News “I thought it was the best ever and they were so incredibly beautiful. They were just so gracious and wonderful.”
The couple got engaged in May 2016, after more than a year of dating, and to celebrate their wedding with two honeymoons, one in Napa Valley, California, next week, and a second to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti later this year.
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“People think that getting married is this life-changing event, and everything changes, but you are now back to the rest of your life with your best friend,” Leonardi said. Stone added, “And that is more than something you have.”