Personnel from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to a call last week about an elderly man who appeared to be in physical distress while mowing his lawn on one of the hottest days of the year.
The firefighters in question, however, did not just move on after tending to the resident’s health. Instead, they opted to stick around and finish mowing the man’s lawn “before returning to service,” according to a Facebook post from the department.
“Thank you, gentlemen for doing that gentleman’s lawn,” one Facebook user wrote in response. “I’m sure he greatly appreciates it and I love the effort that you have performed in this community to close the gap between citizens and public officials.”
“Heroes with heart,” another commented. “God bless you #FCFRD. That was an absolutely wonderful act of kindness and service.”
The act of good will wasn’t the first time Fairfax County fire and rescue crews have gone above and beyond when it comes to lawn care.
In May 2019, medics transported a person to the hospital after the individual experienced a similar heat-induced illness while mowing. Officials later returned to the home to complete the job.
Temperatures in the DC area, meanwhile, continue to be problematic. As recently as Sunday, July 24, heat index values soared as high as 107 degrees.
“Stay cool and hydrated and remember to take plenty of breaks … when doing outdoor activities,” the area’s National Weather Service tweeted Sunday. In response to the ongoing heat, cooling centers, including numerous recreation centers and libraries, have been made available to residents all over Northern Virginia. Residents are encouraged to check the status of cooling centers nearest them on the website of their city government.
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