Florida firefighters help save man after his heart attack, then finish his lawn work

When Gene Work had a heart attack and couldn’t complete his work in the garden, firefighters from the Pasco County Fire Rescue in Florida stepped in to help.

(Facebook/Melissa Ann Work)

When a Florida man had a heart attack and couldn’t complete his work in the garden, local emergency 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’s Work was the laying of sod on the property of the Bayonet Point home on Saturday, with the help of his brother, his wife, Melissa, he wrote on Facebook.

As Gen was rushing to finish of the yard — it was his “greatest stress if our HOA date fine us a huge amount was closer” — he suffered a heart attack.

Instead of worrying about his health, Gene, according to the post, is more concerned with the HOA ‘ s to a fine and, while “literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging [Jane] to figure out the sod and put down, because he doesn’t want it going to waste and die.”


“He just kept asking questions about literally during a heart attack,” Melissa wrote, adding she calmed him, and said to him: “Jesus will help us. It is ok. Jesus will sort this out babe.”

Gene’s brother, who had worked on the property, remained behind to complete the task, and was planning to stay there until odd hours of the night to complete it.

Firefighters from Pasco County Fire Rescue decided to pitch in after they transported Gene Work to the hospital after he had a heart attack on Saturday.

(Facebook/Melissa Ann Work)

In the middle of laying new rows of sod on the property, “he heard the huge trucks drive back down the road.” These vehicles turned out to be a Pasco County fire truck and an ambulance that was to come back on the scene to help him with the work in the garden.

“Before he knows it, 7 firefighters and EMT’s jumped out, put gloves on and said that they came back because they knew that Gen was in serious trouble” and would not be able to get back home for a few weeks, so they decided to pitch in.

The firefighters and ambulance crews helped, without even knowing that Gene had “pawned his favorite weapon to pay” for the sod. Neither did they know that Melissa is scheduled to be subjected to a bone marrow transplant in August.

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

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

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