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Firefighters help lay sod for a previous cardiac arrest patient


Firefighter-paramedics from Florida’s Pasco County earned the respect of their community after finishing the sod-laying task one of their patients was performing prior to having a heart attack.

Gene Work had been laying sod over the weekend to avoid a fine from his homeowner’s association when he suddenly felt the symptoms of cardiac arrest.

“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,” his wife, Melissa Work, said in a Facebook post.

More concerned with a massive HOA fine than death, the man continued until his brother urged him to go to the hospital, promising to take care of the sod. Picked up by paramedics, the man was taken to the hospital.

Not long after, the brother-in-law was surprised to see fire vehicles returning to the house.

“As he was laying it, he heard huge trucks driving back down the road. He turned around and saw the fire truck and ambulance had come back,” Mrs. Work said. “He was confused and thought they were coming to check on him.”

Seven firefighters dismounted, putting on gloves and assisting with laying the sod. According to Mrs. Work, “They knew Gene was in serious trouble and they wanted to lay the new sod so it didn’t die. They knew he wouldn’t be able to do any work for weeks so they came back.”

The firefighters eventually got the sod laid, resulting in Gene Work not having to pay the fine to his oppressive HOA.

According to the post, Melissa Work was incredibly grateful, especially since she is due for a bone marrow transplant next month.

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