Pasco County Fire Rescue save Gene Work’s life twice

| July 15, 2018

Last weekend, Gene Work was working hard to re-sod his yard ahead of an Homeowner Association fine, when he suffered a heart attack. Pasco County Fire Rescue came and took him to hospital, but, in and out of consciousness during the trip, Work worried about his yard and the HOA fine.

Gene Work’s brother, Mark Rouco, stayed behind. He was now determined to say as long as needed to replant the sod.

“Mark knew how important it was to Gene,” said Melissa Work said.

As Rouco was back at it when he saw the two emergency vehicles that had treated his brother returned to the house. Rouco thought they were coming back to check on him — instead, seven firefighters got out and said they were there to help with the grass.

They knew that the sod would soon die while Gene Work wouldn’t be able to do anything about it in the hospital.

Together, they laid out the new lawn in just one hour.

When Gene Work woke up in the hospital, his wife told him that the firefighters had helped save the sod.

“They don’t know what family they just helped,” Melissa Work said. “Gene said we had to find them and thank them, we had to tell everyone about this kindness.

“I mean, they saved his life and then came back to save his grass. That’s just so awesome.”

Work had surgery for his significant blockage that caused the heart attack, but he’s home recovering now, with no worries about his lawn.

Thanks to AW1Ed for the link.

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  1. Tallywhagger says:

    That right there’s a Sunday morning feel good story!

  2. Skyjumper says:

    A great job, guys!

    My hat is off to these EMT’s & firefighters.

    Nice to know that random, unselfish acts of kindness still happen in this crazy day to day world we live in.

    Also, for some reason the phrase “green side up” comes to mind. (reference to old joke). (grin)

  3. Frankie Cee says:

    Well, of course, after all it IS Florida, Doh! That is how we roll.

  4. AW1Ed says:

    What caught my eye was the HMO was after him with a hefty fine, and the sod would die if not planted that day.

    Bravo Zulu to Pasco County Fire Rescue, just above and beyond.

    • Tallywhagger says:

      Amen. I have lived in a couple of places with “organizations”. Few “organizations” bring forth the dregs of civilization than condo associations.

      One of the worst prohibited my parking a motorcycle, sideways, in an assigned spot, and then parking my Jeep in the same spot, at the same time.

      To my very limited experience with laying sod, the stuff is heavy, expensive, and not so easy to handle. On the uptick, it does make for a beautiful instant lawn.

      The Pasco County guys served their community in a way that smothers the MSM narrative. Americans can join together to do important stuff, politics withstanding.

  5. OWB says:

    Good job, guys! Thanks for contributing to renewed faith in our fellow Americans.

  6. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    And FIE upon the HOA!

  7. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Wow COOL, KUDOS to the Firefighters and may each and every member of that HOA threatening him with a fine burst into flames the next time they take a shit!

  8. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    I had a Clari Fix job on July 2nd this year by my ENT Doc which uses a cryogenic to freeze the nerve endings in your nose which disrupts the signal that sends post nasal drip down my nose. Takes a good month to be 100% so while installing a cordless phone in my friends house this past Friday night, my nose starts to bleed so we decide to go to a 24 hour urgent care facility up in Boynton Beach. Cap was cauterized with silver nitrate. This Sunday morning I was in the john taking a Navy Yard Dump and the nose started to profusely bleed so while trying to wipe my butt and pull my pants up with one hand while pinching my nose, I yell to my Sister to call 911. I’m spitting up blood draining down my throat, blood on my shorts and hands. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue 42 shows up. Looks like they put the rush on the bus, walks me out to the trundle loads me into the bus, takes vitals clamps my nose with a nose clamp which the AEMT tells me that this was the first time that they used it. Wind up in Delray Beach Medical Center ER and after breathing in squirts of Afrin which shrinks the vessels, clots came out which I spit into the bag. 45 minutes with a cold pack on my nose, I was good to go. Turns out that the Friday night fix wasn’t the problem. Problem was in the area where the Doc did that Clari Fix job. I found out dryness does this and even the Atrovent (Ipratropium Bromide) dries it out plus dryness in my home. Going to my ENT tommoro. I hope my story wasn’t too gross for the TAH crew, but as I’ve said in the past, I love to make a Short Story Long. Going over to Station 42 this week with a platter of geedunck. BRAVO ZULU RESCUE 42.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      lad you’re doing better Jeff! and BZ to Pasco County Fire Rescue! Way to go brothers!

      • Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

        Thankyou Fyrfighter; Last time I was a patient riding in the back of our LBFD Bus was back in 1986 after I broke my heel doing a rope slide off of the fire house roof. I hot dogged it and learned my lesson

        • The Other Whitey says:

          I’ve been transported twice. Both times from the fire line. The first was for carbon monoxide poisoning, transported by San Diego FD medic unit (both medics were hot blonde females, which did not make me any more amenable to being stuck with needles), I was realeased after a few hours, and I made the mistake of not telling my wife about it; Cambodian profanity flowed freely at extremely high volume when she found out (I was mentioned on the evening news, but denied any knowledge of who had been transported when she asked). I may have mentioned before that my wife never swears…in English.

          The second time was on a campaign fire in San Luis. An overnight drive with no sleep, no food, triple-digit temperatures, and being a long way past my 20-year-old prime resulted in a near-syncopal episode. Everything started spinning each time I tried to get up. I heard them saying “hoist” on the radio and said “Fuck that, I’ll crawl my happy ass back to the engine. It’s only four miles!” I was prevented from doing so, and a few minutes later, a National Guard medic with a 1st ID combat patch drops out of the sky and hooks me up to a Blackhawk’s hoist line. Only time I’ve ever rode in a Blackhawk. Having learned my lesson from the last time, I called my wife immediately at the ER. She already knew, of course, since somebody texted her a picture of me being hoisted, which she keeps on her phone to this day.

    • AW1Ed says:

      This calls for lumpia. Dozens and dozens of lumpia- yum. Basically a Philippine small spring roll, impossible to eat only one or six.

      Lumpia Link

    • Tallywhagger says:

      I have had that same nose bleeding event, a couple of times. You nearly drown in your own blood.

      Nearly as I can figure, my events were related to dealing with a pellet stove. The “fines” or carbon dust will trash your nasal passages in very short order.

      I invested in a respirator rig from Home Depot and it has been very effective.

  9. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    After my above comment, I forgot to give The Pasco County Fire Rescue a great BZ.

  10. Planet Ord says:

    I have found that the best men I know do good things and then try to hide from people looking to thank them or acknowledge their efforts. They are humble and not seeking of recognition. They are the type of people that are the antithesis of the men that populate this blog as valor thieves and attention seekers.

    Well done fire guys.

  11. Wilted Willy says:

    BZ to all the fire fighters out there! You run into what most sane people run away from!