Firefighters help one of their own pop the question

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 4, 2017

 Shelby Township firefighter Tim Kempinski, of Fraser, proposes to Shelby Township resident Stephanie Trudeau at Da Francesco’s Italian Cuisine and Taverna Nov. 8.

Shelby Township firefighter Tim Kempinski, of Fraser, proposes to Shelby Township resident Stephanie Trudeau at Da Francesco’s Italian Cuisine and Taverna Nov. 8.

Photo provided by Tim Kempinski

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Saving lives brought a Shelby Township firefighter and a Troy Beaumont ER nurse together.

The rest is history.

On Nov. 8, Shelby Township firefighter Tim Kempinski, 25, of Fraser, successfully proposed to Stephanie Trudeau, 25, of Shelby Township, at Da Francesco’s Italian Cuisine and Taverna, located near 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

“I kinda just wanted to do something special for her, and something that involved what I do for a living,” Kempinski said. “I see her every day. That’s how we met.”

He said he knew he loved her since he first brought her a patient at the hospital.

“She is honestly the most amazing woman I have ever had the privilege to meet,” he said. “She is so caring and selfless. She is so beautiful, inside and out.”

Kempinski said he asked some of his fellow first responders to help him coordinate a mock run and arranged a lunch for Trudeau and her family at the restaurant so that he could surprise her.

Lt. Andrew Rae said Kempinski has been with the Fire Department for approximately a year and recently finished his probationary period.

“He’s just a really good guy. Really down to earth. He’s a good worker, and it’s an honor that he’s asked and we were able to do it for him,” Rae said in a Nov. 8 phone interview with C & G Newspapers. “We’re off today, so we’re just going up there. The battalion chief is letting us borrow the engine.”

Rae arranged with a manager at the restaurant to ask several tables if they owned a Jeep Liberty, the vehicle Trudeau arrived in with her mother, in an attempt to throw off any suspicion on Trudeau’s part.

“When they got up to walk out the front door, I was waiting for her by the door,” Kempinski said. “She was going to walk right past me until I grabbed her and went down on one knee.”

He recited a carefully memorized speech:

“Stephanie Marie Trudeau, I love you with all of my heart. I loved you since day one. You are the love of my life. You make me a better person, and you complete me. I promise I will always care, protect, support and love you. I promise I will never leave you. Will you marry me?”

Trudeau said it was a complete surprise.

She said she saw Rae walk past in full gear and assumed the Fire Department was responding to a false alarm. She said he gave her a hug, and she was unsure if she should introduce him to her parents.

“It was so sweet,” she said. “I had no idea. As soon as it was done, he brought me a huge bouquet of flowers and we took a bunch of pictures.”

She said many of their family members and friends witnessed the event.

“I’m so touched he did all of this without me knowing at all,” she said. “He’s a phenomenal guy. I’m a very lucky girl.”

Kim Belcastro, owner of Da Francesco’s, said the proposal happened quickly.

“It was nice because once everybody found out, I think everybody wanted to come and congratulate them,” Belcastro said. “Eventually, they had a table of almost 20 people who came in and had lunch. They did a champagne toast. It was really very nice.”

Kempinski said the couple plans to get married in June 2019.