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Hernando County, Florida, EMS save man's life, then mow his lawn


SPRING HILL, Fla. - Hernando County Fire Rescue can be called out anytime, anywhere. This weekend, one of those pages had them going above and beyond the call of duty.

In the Florida summer sun, mowing your lawn can be downright exhausting.

For 65-year-old Ralph McCrory, who has a history of heart problems, cutting the grass at his home on Elk Lane in Spring Hill, sometimes takes four days! Saturday, with the lawn less than half cut, and grass almost two feet high, it was just too much for him.  

"All of a sudden he came in and yelled, 'I think I just had a heart attack,'" said McCrory's wife, Dorothy.

Hernando County Fire and EMS arrived, and her husband's gut instinct was right. Ralph was taken to the hospital, where he's now awaiting more tests and possible surgery.

After saving Ralph's life inside, firefighters decided their work wasn't done. So they went into the garage, got the mower, and rolled it out, to finish mowing the couple's yard.

A next door neighbor took notice, posting his appreciation on Facebook, and the photos he snapped, have now gotten thousands of likes and shares.

"Our folks have stopped many times and helped people change a tire on an automobile that had a flat. This is not unusual for us, but we're very appreciative to the gentleman who actually took the photographs, that he took the time and made the effort to actually recognize these folks," said Kevin Carroll, Hernando Co. Fire Rescue Asst. Chief.

When Dorothy McCrory shared with her husband what the firefighters did.

"He cried when I told him and he thought that was really great," she said.

Ralph will be in the hospital several more days, so Dorothy says she's also very grateful Hernando County crews went the extra mile to help in their time of need.

Fire rescue crews here say that they never expect to get recognition for just doing their jobs, but they've already had offers for meals and other types of "thank you's" because of their good deed gone viral. 

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