A random act of kindness by Baytown firefighters has restored one family’s belief in the kindness of strangers.
John McCormick, 65, has had a multitude of heart problems—including a quadruple bypass over a decade ago.
McCormick was mowing his Baytown home’s lawn when he suffered a heart attack. His family called 911 and Engine 4, Medic 4, and Medic 2 responded.
EMTs performed CPR and restored McCormick’s pulse. He was taken to the hospital and Engine 4 followed the ambulance there, as per procedure.
It is what they did next that was wholly unexpected.
Engine 4’s crew left the hospital and drove back to McCormick’s home in order to finish mowing the lawn for him, reports KHOU.
"We're all fighting over who can push the mower first," said Engine 4 Lt. J.D. Giles.
"I just happened to get off the truck first and grabbed the lawnmower first. We were all fighting over it," said firefighter Blake Steffenauer.
The firefighters finished mowing the lawn, locked the garage, put the padlock key in the mailbox, and left a handwritten note to wife Patsy McCormick.
"We felt bad that your husband didn't get to finish the yard," the firefighters note partly said, reports ABC News.
"We are very sorry that your husband became ill, we hope he has a speedy recovery," the note continued. "Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you out."
Their act of kindness brought McCormick’s daughter, Jeana Blackford, to tears.
"It just showed me that there's still compassion," said Blackford. "That people still do random acts of kindness every day for people that they don't know."
A neighbor took photos of the firefighters mowing McCormick’s lawn and posted them to the City of Baytown Facebook page. The response has been tremendous, and the photos have gone viral.
(via Daily Mail)
"It just speaks to their character," said son-in-law Dan Blackford. "They say honor is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. That's a fact," he said of the firefighters who were not aware the pictures were being taken. "They were very honorable."
Unfortunately, John McCormick died two days after suffering the heart attack.
"All of our City employees are proud to serve the citizens of Baytown, but this is truly special," the city said in a statement posted on Facebook. "We couldn't be prouder of our guys from Station 4. Our prayers are with the family at this sad time."
Photo Source: ABC News