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Firefighters Return To Finish Shoveling Heart Attack Victim's Driveway, Launch #ShovelItForward Movement

02/03/2015 05:14 pm ET | Updated Feb 03, 2015

Firefighters in Wisconsin headed out into the cold to clear the driveway of a heart attack victim and pay it forward.

On Sunday, an elderly man had a heart attack while shoveling his driveway in Greenfield after a winter storm dropped a foot of snow in the area, NBC's "Today" reported. The Greenfield Fire Department responded to the emergency call and successfully got the man to the hospital. Afterward, they returned to finish the job he started.

Someone took a photo of the act of kindness and shared it on Reddit under the username Optimoprimo, writing: "An elderly man in my neighborhood had a heart attack while shoveling his driveway. Paramedics took him to the hospital, then returned to finish shoveling his driveway for him."

The fire department posted the same viral photo on its own Facebook page.

The post got more than 20,000 likes and the firefighters were commended for their selflessness.

"They just saw that somebody needed help, and they took time out of their day and their busy schedules to do something like that. It's amazing. It's awesome,” the man's daughter, whose name was not provided, told ABC affiliate WISN.

The fire department encouraged others to share their good deeds with the hashtag #ShovelItForward. They also used it in a tweet with a list of tips on how to shovel safely this winter.

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