FAIR LAWN, NJ - After winning a PTO raffle at Lyncrest Elementary School for National Fire Prevention Week, five-year-old kindergarten student Cassidy Abate was driven to school on Oct. 5 in a fire truck, a 30-foot Salisbury Spartan, provided by Fair Lawn Volunteer Fire Department #3. Cassidy, her parents and little brother, along with volunteer firefighters, sat in the truck’s crew cab.

“She was so excited, she could barely sleep last night,” mother Carla Abate said on Monday.

The route began at the Abate house at 8 a.m. and ended at Lyncrest School, where a procession of fire trucks and police vehicles escorted the family to school. They were greeted by the Lyncrest school community, who welcomed them with a thank you banner; the kindergarten students wore handmade fire hats, which they created in class.

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To bring awareness to National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13, 2018, Lyncrest PTO organized its first-ever fire truck raffle ride, which raised more than $400. Tickets were $5 and the proceeds of the raffle will be split between the Fire Department and PTO.

“Cassidy’s name was announced over the loudspeaker to the entire school,” Principal Kelly Diee said. “When she came out of the school that day, it was the very first thing she told her father.”