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9-year-old girl gets big surprise after she writes letter to Maryland volunteer firefighters

Firefighters rewarded 9-year-old Lailah Khan for her letter of kindness with a ride to school on the fire truck. (Image source: WJZ-TV video screenshot)

A Maryland fourth-grader wasn't expecting anything in return for a letter and donation she sent to her small town's volunteer fire department.

Lailah Khan recently wrote a personal note to the volunteer firefighters thanking them for the work they do for the community, and she enclosed a $10 donation, WJZ-TV reported.

The 9-year-old was surprised when the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company truck pulled up in front of her house to drive her to school Thursday morning.

“I didn’t know it was going to turn out like this,” Lailah told WJZ.

Lailah said she hears the fire trucks' sirens "all the time," and "even when I'm at school."

“The volunteers help people if there’s a fire. They help people if they fall off of something,” Lailah said. “And, I feel thankful for them.”

What did the firefighters say?

The firefighters were impressed by the young girl's thoughtfulness.

“It was just one of those letters that had everybody stop and read it. And it made us pause. It was nice to see folks especially that young appreciate what our firefighters and EMTs do every day,” Capt. Scott Goldstein said.

And they wanted to do something to show her how much they appreciated her.

Besides the ride to school, the firefighters presented Lailah with a department fire helmet, T-shirt, and a patch.

What did the principal at her school say?

Lailah is known for her kind gestures at Bedford Elementary School, the school's principal told WJZ.

“We are just so impressed and proud of her. It’s not surprising though, because she is an amazingly kind student,” Principal Christina Connolly said. “She does acts of kindness all of the time and we’re just glad she’s being recognized in this way.”

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