Firefighter pops question to teacher in front of students

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE)- A fourth grade teacher got a big surprise from a firefighter Tuesday.

Matt Braun and Lauren Hall have been dating for about five years, and Matt surprised Lauren by popping the question to her at Prince Chapman Academy’s Field Day event.

The New Haven Fire Department always takes part in the event, but this year Matt and his fellow firefighters made that participation extra special by unfurling a banner that read “Marry me, Miss Hall?” from one of the department’s ladders.

“We went from Field Day to now being engaged,” said Lauren. “I mean, it’s crazy. I didn’t expect it at all.”

“It felt good. It felt good,” said Matt. “I have a weight lifted off my shoulders now.”

Lauren did say yes, but there’s no word when the big day will take place. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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