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Buffalo Area Volunteer Fireman Engaged At Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The crowd gathered in the grandstand to watch the Fireman's Parade at the Erie County Fair got a bonus surprise Friday night.

Of course, the most surprised of all was Amanda Pieczynski.

Her boyfriend Andrew Atkinson is a member of the South Line Volunteer Fire Department.

As his unit completed the final leg of its march around the oval of the fairground's race track, they suddenly stopped and faced toward where she was sitting along the infield.

As Andrew broke ranks and strode toward her, she had a confused look on her face-- but only for a moment.

She began crying with joyous disbelief as members of the department got down on one knee, each holding a letter up, to make a sign that spelled out :

W-I-L-L  Y-O-U  M-A-R-R-Y  M-E-?

Amanda rose from her seat to meet Andrew as he strode toward her, dropped to one knee, and produced a diamond engagement ring.

The crowd applauded in approval.

The two, who were high school sweethearts, have been dating for 9 years.

See the magic moment by clicking on the video icon to watch the story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Ben Read.



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