A Texas fire department is getting international attention for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Last week, firefighters and EMTs from Station 4 in Baytown responded to a 911 call from the family of John McCormick, a 65-year-old man who suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn.
After bringing him to a hospital, the firefighters decided the job wasn't over. Instead of returning to the station, they went back to McCormick's home and finished mowing his lawn.
"We're all fighting over who can push the mower first," Lt. J.D. Giles told KHOU.
When they were done, they left a note for the family:
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The letter reads:
“We felt bad that your husband didn't get to finish the yard, so we did. We noticed the padlock to the garage was unlocked so we locked it and placed your key in the mailbox.
We are very sorry that your husband became ill, we hope he has a speedy recovery.
Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you out.
Baytown Fire Department, Station 4, A-shift”
Unbeknownst to the firefighters, a neighbor was taking photos -- images that would soon go viral on Facebook and Twitter:
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McCormick, an Air Force veteran with a history of heart problems including a quadruple bypass, died two days later, according to KHOU. But his family appreciates the help.
"It just speaks to their character. They say honor is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. That's a fact," son-in-law Dan Blackford said of the firefighters who didn't know someone captured their gesture on camera. "They were very honorable."
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"All of our City employees are proud to serve the citizens of Baytown, but this is truly special," a post on the city's Facebook page reads. "We couldn't be prouder of our guys from Station 4. Our prayers are with the family at this sad time."