In Texas,firefighters finished up mowing the yard for a wife whose husband had collapsed of a heart attack. That profound gesture by the team of Baytown firefighters has given a little peace and comfort to a family left in grief. On Tuesday afternoon of last week, John McCormick, age 65, who had a history of heart problems, ended up having a heart attack while he was moving his yard. Fire and paramedic crews from Station 4 answered the emergency call and they rushed Mr. McCormick to the hospital.
Other members of the station followed procedure and trailed the ambulance to the hospital in Engine 4. However on the way back to the fire house, instead of going right back to the station, they returned to Mr. McCormick’s house and proceeded to finish mowing the lawn. They also cut the backyard and penned Patsy McCormick a very sweet note.
It stated that they felt bad that her husband did not get to finish mowing the yard, so they. The firefighters they added that they were very sorry that Mr. McCormick had become ill and they hoped he had a speedy recovery. Members of Engine 4 explained they were bickering over who would get to push the lawn mower first.
Sadly Mr. McCormick ended up dying two days later, but his family thanked the firefighters for their random act of kindheartedness. Mr. McCormick’s daughter Jeana Blackford spoke to the media and said that what the fire fighters did showed her that there was still compassion in the world.
Lieutenant J.D. Giles stated that his team of fire fighters did something that was just to help a family out in what was most likely the worst time of their lives.
A neighbor took a photograph of one of the firefighters in action and put it up on the city of Baytown’s Facebook page. The city of Baytown wrote that all of their city employees were proud to serve the citizens of Baytown, but that what the firefighters did was truly special. The post went on to say that the town could not be prouder of their guys from Station 4 and that their prayers were with the McCormick family at this sad time.
The McCormick family has apparently even gotten phone calls from as far away as New Zealand because the picture has gone viral. The family is happy the photograph has gotten so much attention and that with it they are able to share with the entire world just how kind and thoughtful the Baytown firefighters were to them in their time of need. It also goes to show that to go above and beyond the call of duty really sometimes just means taking a few extra steps.
A thoughtful gesture by a team of Baytown firefighters has allowed some comfort and peace to come to a family who was left in grief. On Tuesday afternoon of last week, John McCormick, age 65, who had a history of heart problems, ended up having a heart attack while he was moving his yard.
By Kimberly Ruble
The N.Y. Daily News