Firefighters Not Only Saved This Man’s Life, They Finished His Yard Work

Homeowner stressing out over HOA fees was helped — twice — by Pasco County first responders with very big hearts

When a Florida man had a heart attack and couldn’t finish his yard work, local first responders who brought him to the hospital stepped in to make sure his lawn was completed — ahead of a deadline set by the homeowner’s association (HOA).

Gene Work was putting down sod on the property of his Bayonet Point home on Saturday with help from his brother, his wife, Melissa, wrote on Facebook.

But as Gene was rushing to complete the yard — it was his “biggest stress, as our HOA date to fine us a huge amount was getting closer” — he suffered a heart attack.

Instead of worrying about his health, this man, according to the post, was more concerned with the HOA’s fine — and, while “literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging [Melissa] 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,” his wife wrote, adding that she calmed him down and told him, “Jesus will help us. It’s OK. Jesus will figure this out, babe.”

Gene Work’s brother, who had been helping out on the property, stayed behind to finish the job, and was planning on staying there until the odd hours of the night to complete it.

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In the middle of putting down new rows of sod on the property, “he heard huge trucks driving back down the road.” Those vehicles turned out to be a Pasco County fire truck and an ambulance that had come back to the scene to aid him with the yard work.

“Before he knows it, 7 firefighters and EMTs jumped out, put on gloves and said they came back because they knew Gene was in serious trouble,” and wouldn’t be able to get back home for a number of weeks — so they decided to pitch in, according to the Facebook post.

My Babe isn't supposed to be here right now. But God saved His life. ???He had A massive heart attack. His whole right…

Posted by Melissa Ann Work on Saturday, July 7, 2018

The firefighters and EMT’s helped without even knowing that Gene Work had “pawned his favorite gun to pay” for the sod. Nor did they know that his wife had been scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant in August.

“I mean, they saved his life and then came back to save his grass,” Melissa Work told Tampa Bay Online. “That’s just so awesome.”

Related: Seven Firefighters Become New Dads All at the Same Time

The woman told the news outlet that when Gene woke up in the hospital and learned of what the first responders had done, he “said we had to find them and thank them, we had to tell everyone about this kindness.”

I don't know how to start this, but PLEASE read and PLEASE PLEASE share!!!!!Before my husband had his massive heart…

Posted by Melissa Ann Work on Sunday, July 8, 2018

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(photo credit, article image: Melissa Ann Work, Facebook)

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