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Fire Captain carries elderly woman up stairs at rodeo

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A Texas firefighter attending a local rodeo warmed the hearts of America after he carried an elderly woman to her seat.

Firefighter Thomas Harwell w as enjoying the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show with his family on Saturday when his wife, Shayla, spotted an elderly woman struggling to get down the stairs.

“She was having a rough time,” Shayla Harwell told CNN Sunday night. “I nudged my husband and told him that they may need help.”

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Not only did Harwell help the woman down, he vowed to stay there until she was ready to leave.

“I helped her downstairs, and I wasn’t going to leave until I helped her upstairs,” he said.

“I’m almost shocked, I really honestly didn’t think it would go that far,” Shayla Harwell said. “She was very appreciative. When he placed her down at the top of the stairs, she was grinning ear to ear. It really touched her to have him help her.”

Harwell is a senior captain of the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department, and has always been focused on public service.

“If you’re alive and breathing, you shouldn’t need an excuse to help someone else,” Thomas Harwell said. “If they need help, help them.”

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