Firefighters take man to hospital, then go back to his house to finish cutting his grass

John McCormick was taken to hospital after having a heart attack, but firefighters return to finish his job

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The Independent US

Firefighters that helped a US man who had a heart attack while cutting his garden returned to finish his job as a gesture to his family.

McCormick, 65, who had a history of heart problems, was outside cutting the grass when he began to have a heart attack. He went indoors and collapsed, KHOU reported, and firefighters and an ambulance arrived on the scene.

The ambulance took McCormick to the hospital, while the firefighters followed behind, following procedure.

But after the ambulance had arrived at the hospital, engine driver Luke Badnarek suggested that the crew go home and finish cutting the grass for McCormick’s family.

A neighbour secretly photographed the firefighters, and it was uploaded to Facebook.

The City of Baytown uploaded an image of the firefighters and their story to Facebook, where it was shared.


McCormick died two days later. But his family said that they were grateful for the gesture.

"It just speaks to their character," said McCormick’s son-in-law Dan Blackford. "They say honor is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. That's a fact.

"They were very honorable."