Thalia Rodriguez has what she describes as an obsession with the firefighting service. And she was actually driving to a fire station on one fateful morning in May 2017; indeed, she often rides alongside the crew in a firetruck. However, midway through her journey she came upon a traffic accident. The teenager was first at the scene, and at the side of the road she saw a man laying bleeding next to a crumpled motorcycle. Then when she heard news from the EMTs, she was even more shocked.
Rodriguez, a 17-year-old student at Westland Hialeah High, had changed her plans on Sunday, May 7, at short notice. In fact, she was supposed to be away that day; eventually, though, she felt compelled to return home and see out her usual routine at a fire crew ride-along.
As the teenager explained to CBS Miami, “It was prom weekend and I was supposed to stay at the hotel the whole weekend, but I decided to come back on Saturday. I wanted to go to the station on Sunday because I’m pretty obsessed.”