Many people don’t do justice to the generosity that people are capable of. When someone is in distress, there are a lot of people who would just turn their heads away. However, there are others who are willing to lend a helping hand, no matter how trivial it may seem.
When a man is on the verge of financial despair and death, one capable group was able to save him from both instances of doom in a single day.
Florida is a very sunny state, known to be one of the hottest in the U.S. especially during the summertime. Even so, people have to do hard labor work outside in the extreme heat, in order to avoid falling behind in an ever widening economy. One man would find that this work is too much for him to handle, and get an incredible amount of help from an unexpected source…
Series Of Obstacles
Gene is a homeowner and husband who has a lot piled on his hands. From paying off the towering bills to keeping up with his job duties, his life is always expected to have one large obstacle after another. But one would prove to be much more atrocious than the rest of them…
Recently, the Home Owners Association (HOA) added a huge hurdle into his pile of stresses, which has been chewing on his already narrow time in bed. The HOA told Gene that if he didn’t renovate his entire lawn by a specific deadline that was dangerously close, he would have to pay a terribly large fee…
Times Of Stress
Although this doesn’t sound stressful for the average person, Gene has two major disadvantages: his lawn is a lot larger than normal ones, and the weather in Florida is scorching during the summer. If he didn’t get this done in time, he would face major consequences…
Get To Work
Luckily for Gene, his brother and wife were willing to give him a helping hand. Their job was to replace the sod so that they restore their grass, which was dead at the time. Considering the large size of his lawn, the trio knew that this race against time was going to be a tough one.
Under The Sun
Each of them with a couple of cold water bottles in their pockets to keep their bodies cool and hydrated against the sun, were ready to conduct their business. They immediately got to work, pulling each sod out of the ground down to its roots. If the three worked hard together, they may just barely make it…
Bottled Up Pain
In the middle of their task, Gene all of a sudden started feeling twists and pains in his chest. He didn’t want to become a burden and hinder the progress they made so far, so he decided to keep it to himself and endure it till the end. Unfortunately, these pains would grow into a much more threatening problem that can no longer be ignored…
His wife, Melissa, noticed that Gene kept clutching his chest, and asked if he was alright. He refused to pause his work, even if it meant putting his health aside for a few hours, so he told her everything was fine. But he could no longer confine his pain when he started to throw up uncontrollably…
Melissa’s mother and sister are both critical care nurses, and they taught her a few things in case of emergency. When she saw her husband throwing up, she immediately knew that he was having a heart attack.
Melissa and Gene’s brother stopped their labor work and ran over to the ill man. After having his eaten food violently regurgitated, Gene lied down, unable to control his body. Melissa was terrified, and told Gene’s brother to help him while she called 911.
Not Worried About His Own Health
Melissa said, “While he was having his heart attack, literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging me to figure out the sod and have it put down because he didn’t want it to go to waste and die. It’s ALL he kept asking about literally during a massive heart attack… I calmed him and kept saying ‘Jesus will help us. It’s ok. Jesus will figure this out babe.’”
After the paramedics arrived, Melissa and Gene were sent off to the hospital, while Gene’s brother stayed back at the house. He was planning on staying there by himself until midnight to get the lawn finished…
An hour and a half of hard work allowed Gene’s brother to finish getting rid of the old grass, but he still had the equally difficult task of planting all of the new sod. As he was laying the new sod, he heard multiple trucks driving back down the road. He turned around and was surprised to see that the fire truck and ambulance had come back…
Unexpected Source Of Help
Gene’s brother was even more baffled when he saw 7 firefighters and EMTs come out of the trucks. All of them put gloves on. Curious and confused, he asked why they came back, let alone with so many people. They answered that they knew Gene was in serious trouble, and they wanted to lay the new sod so it didn’t die. He had to tell Melissa and Gene about this…
“They came back!!! They saved his life, dropped him off and then cared enough to save our GRASS!! They didn’t know our HOA was going to fine us. They didn’t know that [I am] about to fight for my own life during my bone marrow transplant next month. They didn’t know that my husband pawned his favorite gun to pay for the sod that he thought was going to die. They didn’t know all we have been through as a little family,” cried Melissa.
Return To Consciousness
When Gene woke up in the hospital, Melissa explained the extremely kind deed that the firefighters pulled off after he became unconscious. When he heard that the lawn was restored in time, he felt a thousand problems die away. It was the biggest relief he ever had in his life…
The Work Of Heroes
The couple was beyond grateful for the limitless generosity that the first responders had, saying “They simply saw someone in need, something in need and did this for us. This wasn’t in their job description. We have no words. Just sobbing.”
Gene and Melissa knew they had to share this story to shed some light on these extraordinary workers. It’s rare to see workers go above and beyond for the sake of others, and the couple recognized that. But before they left the hospital, Melissa received some shocking news from one of the doctors…
Barely Escaped Death
Melissa shared the chilling news that “his whole right coronary artery was completely clogged. They kept telling me that I saved his life. I still can’t comprehend it. Running on adrenaline. They said if I had waited a few more minutes to call 911 he would have died.” Thanks to her not hesitating, her husband was able to make it to the hospital safe.
Saved From Despair
Gene was treated in the hospital and came out perfectly fine. If the firefighters didn’t perform those selfless actions on that day, the couple would have been fined tremendously, and Melissa wouldn’t have had any money to pay for her upcoming bone marrow transplant. Thanks to these devoted firefighters, this family can move forward without a tremendous fear holding them back.