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Tulsa Student Gets Special Surprise

A Tulsa 5th-grader got a ride to remember Friday, thanks to some new friends from EMSA who stopped by Burroughs Elementary School.

As News on 6 reporter Ashli Sims explains, it wasn't even the biggest surprise of the day.

The Burroughs Elementary School gymnasium buzzed with excitement. The time had come to find out who would win the EMSA poster contest. The top four students received a $50 savings bond.

But the grand prize winner got a ride inside an ambulance, plus an even bigger surprise. 11-year-old Shinkell Turner was that winner, but didn't look too surprised on the outside. "Well, my stomach was beating fast.”

She said she dreamed that this would happen. 11 year old Shinkell Turner has come quite a long way. She's not only the EMSA poster winner but she's also Burrough's most improved fifth-grader. "Because in 4th grade I used to act up a lot. But then in fifth grade I got my act together cause I knew in fifth grade you would have to be all about your work."

The hard work paid off and now she's getting to ride in an EMSA ambulance to Wal-Mart to pick out a brand-new bike. Just about the minute she walked into the store, a pink one caught her eye. "Because pink is my favorite color. And this is my first time to have an opportunity to get a bike."

And to make sure her bike rides are safe ones, the EMSA paramedics helped her pick out a matching helmet. But this was more than just a great shopping trip, Shinkell might have found her dream job.

EMSA EMT Mikka House: "on the way here I asked her do you have any idea about what you wanna do and she said I wanna do what you guys do I wanna be able to help people."I mean it just it really touched my heart."

Shinkell said she's not going to ride her bike until after she graduates Tuesday, but she couldn't resist trying it out.

EMSA officials say they had so much fun Friday, they'd like to do this every year.
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