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Italian News - October 6

A Roman bride has made her fiance's dream of becoming a fireman come true as a gift for their wedding.

"I've always felt a special thrill watching fire engines speed by and I'm mad about films with firemen in them," said Pierluigi, 31, as he started his Fireman For A Day package, secretly arranged by bride Simona with Rome's fire service. "I was so pysched," he said later on Wednesday after helping the professionals put out a short circuit in a Rome apartment building.

"Simona, you've made me so happy," Pierluigi gushed after the Rome 'pompieri' gave him an honorary uniform. "We hope he might be able to help out again in future," said Rome fire chief Guido Parisi after Pierluigi signed an application to become a reservist for the corps. "He proved today he has the right stuff for the job," Parisi said.

Pierlugi said he'd never forget his wedding present and would be putting the uniform.