PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — When Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue responds to calls, they never know what's next.

  • Ally Powell was biking to school in the rain
  • Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue saw her, gave her ride to school
  • Photo was posted to social media
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In a case this week, it was an 11-year-old girl who received a helping hand.

"We were coming back from another previous call," said Lt. Chip Bodine. "We were out in the rain and we were really cold, and we're driving down the street.

"And we see this poor little girl on her bicycle cruising down in the rain getting blasted." 

The first responders went right into rescue mode.

"She looked like she needed a little help, she obviously didn't ask for it, but it's the least we could do," said firefighter/paramedic Jeff Pyles.

The crew pulled over the truck, put her bike in their fire engine and gave the girl a ride to school. 

Sixth-grader Ally Powell was glad they did.

"I thought it was really nice. It was really cool, it was a big truck," said Powell.

So, the 11-year-old rode to school in that big truck.

"It was really tall and big and just cool, and all their stuff was in the truck," said Powell.

Ally Powell, 11, is still smiles after the help she received from rescue members. (Melissa Eichman/Spectrum Bay News 9)

The firefighters chatted with Ally along the way.

"I asked if she was going to be a popular kid at school because she's coming to school in a fire truck. She laughed," said Pyles. 

The first responders took her right into the car line.

A parent in that drop-off line was so touched by what she saw, she posted about it on social media.

"There's so much bad stuff that you see all the time, it's nice to see that there's still good in people,” said Seminole Middle School parent Megan Knighton.

“You know, oh yes, score one for humanity." 

It's one good deed impacting an entire community.

"We look at this as she's one of our neighbors, because we feel like we're part of this community as well," said Lt. Bodine. "We live here also and it's just the neighborly, nice thing to do."

"I want to say thank you and that was really nice of them to do," said Powell.