6-Year-Old Texan Meets Hero: Her Town's Only Female Firefighter

Annabelle Turner has always wanted to be a firefighter.

Annabelle Turner, 6, has always dreamt of being a firefighter when she grows up.

"Ever since she could talk!" her mom Aubrey, from Prosper, Texas, told KTVT. "Every time she would pass a firetruck, she would comment on it."

So, when Annabelle learned that her Dallas-area town had a female firefighter/paramedic of its own, she became determined to meet her.

That dream came true last week when little Annabelle got a VIP tour of the Prosper fire station courtesy of her hero, Autumn Verhoef.

Annabelle Meets Prosper Fire Rescue Hero Autumn - Town of Prosper
Town of Propser

Autumn is Prosper Fire Rescue's only female firefighter, who, just a couple years ago left her job as a full-time ER nurse to become a firefighter.

"When I was in the ER, I lived in a different town and in that particular town those firefighters and paramedics would bring me patients," she told KTVT, adding that she realized she wanted to be a firefighter as she learned more about what they did.

Autumn, a mom of two, credits her husband and her faith in being able to do what she loves most: helping people. She said she hopes her story will inspire other women to get into public safety careers.

Annabelle Meets Prosper Fire Rescue Hero Autumn
Town of Propser

Women currently make up less than 10% of the United States' Fire Service, but Autumn feels confident that number will change. Thanks, in large part, to kids like Annabelle.

"I'm going to practice being a firefighter every day!" the six-year-old said.

You go, Annabelle!

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