Prosper Boy Rides to School in a Fire Truck for Doing the Right Thing

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    Brooks Capel got a special ride to school in a fire truck after returning $5 that had fallen out of a firefighter's boot during a Fill the Boot campaign.

    An 11-year-old Prosper boy got the ride of a lifetime Tuesday when firefighters drove him to school in the front seat of a firetruck.

    Firefighters said they wanted to give Brooks Capel a special treat after he returned $5 to the fire department earlier this month.

    "A lot of people might think it's is only $5, but that $5 might come up with a cure," said Assistant Fire Chief Stuart Blasingame.

    The cash had fallen out of a fireman's boot during a charity drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Capel saw the money blow away and asked his mother after school to take him to the fire department so he could return the bill.

    "The firemen needed it. It seemed like the right thing to do. I knew it wasn't mine," Capel said.

    Firefighters were so moved by the gesture, they wanted to show their appreciation with a unique ride to school.

    "I thought what kid does not want a ride to school in a fire truck?" said Blasingame. "I would've loved to have a ride in a fire truck when I was a kid. My own kids don't get to do that."

    Capel's parents knew about the surprise for a few days but didn't tell him, and he was shocked when uniformed firefighters rang his doorbell with a fire truck parked outside.

    It was a ride to first period he'll never forget.

    "It's just cool. Riding in a fire truck going to school, in front of all my friends," Capel said.