DARIEN, Conn. – It’s not often cause for celebration when a fire engine is dispatched to a school, but it was Friday when Darien High School senior Will Cornacchia used one to ask his girlfriend Brittany Tiano to the prom.
Cornacchia, a volunteer firefighter with the Darien Fire Department, arrived in a ladder truck at noon. He dressed in his firefighter gear, climbed into the bucket of the truck’s ladder and raised it up to the second floor of the school’s A-Wing. He and fellow firefighter Christian Dobrowsky then put up a banner that said, “Brittany T. PROM?”
Tiano was in history class when the truck arrived. “Everybody started saying my name, so I looked around and they all told me to come up to the window. I went over and saw Will in full uniform with the sign at his feet. I just stood there thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, no way!’”
Tiano went downstairs and outside. Amid a cheering crowd of onlookers, she shouted a resounding “Yes.”
As they lowered the ladder, Dobrowsky jokingly asked Cornacchia, “Did you think she was going to say no?”
Once on the ground Cornacchia gave Tiano a hug and a kiss as their fellow students applauded.
Cornacchia got permission from the school administration before pulling off his feat and accomplished it with the help of former Chief Dennis Smith and former President Dan Anderson.
Tiano was giddy after the unique invitation. “It was the highlight of the year.”