Firefighters’ random act of kindness goes viral

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BAYTOWN, TX (Sept. 1, 2014) – A Texas family was brought to tears by a group of firefighters and their random act of kindness.

Last week, Baytown firefighters were called to a house regarding a man who collapsed while mowing his lawn.

According to KHOU, 65-year-old John McCormick had a history of heart problems, and this time his heart had stopped.

Firefighters and EMT’s revived him and followed the ambulance to the hospital.

After McCormick was hospitalized, the group drove back to the house and finished mowing the man’s lawn.

KHOU reports that’s when a neighbor secretly took the now viral picture of firefighter Blake Steffanauer finishing the front yard.

“I just happened to get off the truck first and grabbed the lawnmower first. We were all fighting over it,” said Stefffenauer

When the group finished, they locked the garage, put the key in the mailbox, and left a note that said “We felt bad that your husband didn’t get to finish the yard, so we did.”

Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending.

John McCormick died two days later.

But his family thanked the firefighters for giving them those two days to say goodbye.

And for restoring their faith in humanity.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe they took the time to do that,” said John’s wife Patsy.

“It just speaks to their character. They say honor is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. That’s a fact. They were very honorable,” said son-in-law Dan Blackford.

The family says they’ll never forget this heartfelt gesture.


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