The first responders were glad they could show the veteran their appreciation for his service to the country.
When a group of first responders saw an elderly veteran in need of some assistance, they did not hesitate to go beyond what is expected of them and lend the veteran a helping hand.
Prince Pinkney was out in his yard with his wife when he started feeling discomfort when working in the sun outside their Fort Lauderdale home in Florida. Prince, who is an 83-year-old veteran, started feeling a little too hot and his leg, which has never been the same after he suffered a stroke last year, did not help either.
“It was hot, and I got overheated,” Prince said, as quoted WSVN-TV. While talking about his leg, the veteran added, “When it gave out, I just fell right in the yard out there.”
His wife, Rebecca was nearby when Prince fell out of heat exhaustion. “He slipped, he just fell. I had him by the arm, but I couldn’t hold him up,” Rebecca recalled.
Thankfully, somebody passing by their house saw the couple with one of them on the ground. An emergency call was soon made and within minutes, a team of firefighters and paramedics arrived from the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
“We treated them and checked them out,” said Matthew Wells, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Lieutenant.
While they were there at the couple’s house, Matthew said, “I think we can cut their lawn while we’re doing this, and next thing I know…”
The crew ended up doing more than just make sure that Prince was alright. The team decided to take charge by completing the yard work and they finished off what Rebecca and Prince had started.
“It wasn’t much of a discussion,” said one of the medics who was part of the kind crew.
Grateful for the kindness that the three-member team showed her, Rebecca said, “I thank you so much for cutting the yard for me.”
For the first responders, it was a way for them to show their appreciation for Prince in honor of his service to the country. While Prince was with the defense, he worked as a missile technician in Vietnam. And the first responders were glad they could do something for him and his wife.
The Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue also appreciated the team and wrote on Facebook, “Monday morning Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Station 47 was dispatched to a pass out. Upon arrival they found an 80-year-old Army veteran suffering from heat exhaustion while working in his yard. They immediately treated the man and cooled him off. Once his medical emergency was over the crew stepped in and finish cutting his grass! This is truly what it is all about.”
Hours after the crew left the couple’s house, the first responders once again returned to check up on Prince and Rebecca and have a chat with them.
“We really appreciate you,” said Rebecca, while Prince added, “Thank you very, very much.”
Captain Terry Maylor from the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said about the couple, “Their story is amazing in itself. Their age, what they’ve gone through, his history as a veteran serving this country. If that doesn’t move you to go ahead and do what you’re capable of, then nothing will.”