September 1, 2014

Firefighters in Baytown, Texas - reaching out in an act of kindness

On August 26, 2014, John McCormick, age 65, was mowing his lawn in Baytown, Texas, when he suffered a heart attack. 

John McCormick
Baytown is a city of 71,000, located within the greater Houston Metropolitan area.

Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians - Engine 4, Medic 4 and Medic 2 of the Baytown Fire Department responded to the 911 call for help.

John McCormick received CPR and was rushed to a local hospital.

The Firefighters and paramedics who had attended to John's emergency decided to go back to his home and to finish mowing his lawn as a gesture of kindness to a very ill man. The men took turns mowing, locked up the garage and left a note for John's wife, stating "we felt bad that your husband didn't get
First Responders mowing the grass
to finish the yard, so we did."

John had a history of heart disease and had undergone a quadruple bypass more than a decade ago. He had other health issues as well. Sadly, he passed away at the hospital two days later.

John was an Air Force veteran and will be buried with full military honors.

John's family are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned. They are deeply grateful for the kindness extended to them by the Baytown first responders.

The City of Baytown is extremely proud of its firefighters and paramedics.

John is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife, Patsy McCormick; his daughter, Jeana Blackford and his son-in-law, Dan Blackford.

Thank you for your military service to your country, John.

God bless the Baytown Firefighters and Paramedics and all who go beyond the call of duty in times of distress. God knows we need more men and women like them. Amen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for blogging this story about my Dad and the firefighters.. I am very blessed that you took the time to post it.. God Bless You- Jeana McCormick Blackford