Sunday, November 8, 2015

Another act of kindness goes viral

Last August, 65-year-old John McCormick was mowing the lawn around his home in Baytown, TX, when he suffered a heart attack. He went inside and collapsed, and his family called 911. Engine 4, Medic 4 and Medic 2 responded. His pulse was restored with CPR and he was taken to the hospital. As usual, Engine 4 followed the patient to the hospital, but then, instead of returning to the station, the crew had an idea. Why not go back and finish mowing McCormick's lawn?

                                                                                                                                        Photo: KHOU
The fire crew took turns behind McCormick's mower finishing the front yard and also mowing the back yard. Then they put the mower in the garage, locked the door and left the key in the mailbox with a note that said in part, "we felt bad that your husband didn't get to finish the yard, so we did."

To them, it was no big deal, but a neighbor secretly took pictures with her phone and sent them to social media. Two days later, John McCormick died, but his widow and their family thanked the firemen for giving them time to say goodbye to John. "I just couldn't believe it," said his wife, Patsy. "I just couldn't believe they took the time to do that. Thank you. We love you. " Since the photo went viral, she has received condolences from as far a way as New Zealand.

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