Man has heart attack doing yard work, first responders come back to finish the jobPosted: Jul 09, 2018 3:51 PM Updated:
A Florida couple down on their luck and facing mounting odds received a gesture of kindness in their most desperate time of need last week.
Melissa Ann Work took to Facebook to share her story of what first responders in Pasco County did for her and her husband beyond their usual job duties.
Melissa said her husband Gene and her brother-in-law were laying down sod, a time-sensitive chore due to the threat of being fined by their homeowner's association, when Gene suddenly had a massive heart attack.
More than his health, Gene was worried about the job getting done.
"While he was having his heart attack, literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging me to figure out the sod and have it put down because he didn't want it to go to waste and die," Melissa posted.
As the couple rushed to the hospital with first responders, Melissa's brother-in-law stayed behind to finish up work on the yard, a tough task for one man.
"He was planning on staying there by himself until midnight to get it finished. He finished getting the old grass out and then began laying a few rows of the new sod," Melissa said.
While her brother-in-law's willingness to help out shouldn't go unnoticed, what happened next is truly heartwarming.
"As he was laying it, he heard huge trucks driving back down the road. He turned around and saw the fire truck and ambulance had come back. He was confused and thought they were coming to check on him," Melissa described.
They weren't there to check on him, however. They were there to help.
Seven firefighters and EMT's got out, put on gloves, and got to work.
"They knew [Gene] wouldn't be able to do any work for weeks so they came back," Melissa said.
Their act of kindness went a long way.
Melissa went on to explain that not only were they facing a fine from their H.O.A, but that Melissa was also about to fight for her own life during a bone marrow transplant, and that Gene pawned his favorite gun to pay for the sod.
"They simply saw someone in need, something in need and did this for us. This wasn't in their job description," Melissa said.
Now, Melissa wants those seven first responders/yard workers to be honored, not only for their gesture, but for a job well done!