A California Man Died While Mowing His Lawn. Unable To Save Him, Firefighters Helped By Finishing The Yard Work He Had Started.

A photograph of a group of firefighters doing yard work has gone viral on Facebook, getting close to 20,000 likes and more than 3,600 shares in just two days. And for a very good reason: these firefighters went above and beyond the call of duty.

The firefighters in the picture, from the Modesto Fire Department in California, responded to a call on Wednesday, after an 89-year-old man had suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn.

Unfortunately, the emergency responders were unable to revive the elderly man who died at the scene. But what the firefighters did next, took the family by surprise and warmed everyone’s heart.

1. Firefighters from the Modesto Fire Department in California finish up the yard work of an 89-year-old man who suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn.

A California Man Died While Mowing His Lawn. Unable To Save Him, Firefighters Helped By Finishing The Yard Work He Had Started.

When the police officers at the scene finished speaking with family members inside the home, they walked out to find the firefighters — Capt. Matt Curless, Engineer Dan Quirarte and firefighter Rod Riley — finishing up the yard work.

An officer took a photograph at the firefighters at work and shared it on the Modesto Police Department‘s Facebook page where it quickly went viral.

Modesto Fire Chief Sean Slamon commented that he wasn’t surprised by what his staff did. He told The Modesto Bee:

The nice thing is our fire stations are in the neighborhoods. We become a part of the community.

Slamon added that it wasn’t just his firefighters who did a great job. He said:

What the police officer didn’t say is that he was inside working really hard with the family so that the body could be released to the funeral home and not taken to the morgue.

The officer’s actions did make the situation easier, Slamon noted, before concluding:

One of the things why I love working in Modesto is that we go above and beyond. Our motto is “We care”, and we do.

2. A police officer took a photograph at the firefighters at work and shared it on Facebook.

Sources: Modesto Police Department, The Modesto Bee.

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