Watch the heartwarming moment a West Yorkshire firefighter proposes to his girlfriend at a graduation ceremony

This is the heartwarming moment a West Yorkshire firefighter proposed to his long-term girlfriend at his graduation ceremony.

By Joe Cooper
Saturday, 14th December 2019, 5:00 pm

James Edgar had planned to turn up the heat and pop the question to Helena Bancroft after the event.

But when fellow firefighters discovered his plans they encouraged him to do it during the 200th West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) trainee course graduation ceremony - in front of family and friends.

In the video, the firefighters can be seen taking part in a dazzling water display, before James emerges from the group with a bunch of flowers.

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James gets down on one knee.

His girlfriend of five years, Helena, is called to the front, shielding herself from the pouring rain with an umbrella, before James kneels in front of her holding up a shiny engagement ring.

To his, and his colleagues, delight, Helena said a resounding "yes" and embraced him a big kiss.

His fellow firefighters then come forward and join in the group hug.

James was one of 22 firefighters who graduated from his training course, ready to keep the public safe across West Yorkshire, at the event at the HQ at Birkenshaw, Bradford, on Thursday.

The happy couple share a kiss.

James, from Huddersfield, said: “I’ve thought about proposing for a long time, and thought it would be a special way to do it after the ceremony.

"But when my fellow trainees found out about it they insisted I should do it as part of the graduation display - in front of everyone.

“We got it all planned out, everyone was really supportive even to the point where they planned they could turn the hoses on her if she did say no.

“But obviously I’m so happy she said yes – we’ve no plans for the wedding at the moment, we’re just going to enjoy being engaged for a bit.”

Helena shows off her ring.

Alongside James and Helena’s happy news, awards were handed out for best watch, top trainee, and trainee’s trainee.

The new recruits also demonstrated putting out a building fire, rescuing a casualty from a mock-up road traffic collision and extinguishing a car fire.

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