WAKE FOREST — Local Girl Scout Cadette Troop 850 decided to take action to remember the tragedy of 9/11 on Sept. 11 in a different way.
The Scouts made homemade cards and treats and took them to Wake Forest Fire Station 1 on Elm Street to thank the men and women for their service.
They were surprised right back when they were invited to take a tour of the facility and of a truck.
The tour was paused briefly when their firefighter tour guide ran out to the road to give a passing child a plastic fireman’s hat to wear while he drove his Big Wheel.
Scouts were allowed to try and pick up the hydraulic Jaws of Life and use the infrared sensors to see a warm hand print left behind on the cold metal of a truck.
The firemen used every opportunity to reinforce fire safety, said Scout leader Shannon Gamber. “One of our scouts is now even considering a career in firefighting. Our thank you to them gave us more in return than we ever could have possibly expected.”
Cadette Troop 850 is beginning to work on their Silver Award. This award is the highest that can be earned at the middle school level. It requires more than 50 hours of community service from every scout. The girls are pursuing projects for cancer patients, special needs children and teen alcohol awareness.