Everyday Heroes

Firefighters Push Van To Gas Station, Pay For Refill

They weren't going to leave the family stranded under what turned out to be scary circumstances.


First responders are known for going above and beyond the call of duty, but maybe not as far as a group of firefighters in Florida went!

Members of the Hernando County Fire Rescue team in Brooksville, north of Tampa, were recently dispatched to an emergency call. There they found a family of four whose van had run out of gas on the way to the hospital. The HCFR Facebook page describes the family as in a panic -- and who wouldn't be in this situation!

Paramedics quickly treated the patient and rushed the person to a local hospital. But what to do about the three family members left behind with no money, no gas, and a tire that was going flat?

The fire engine crew didn't have to think twice. Without hesitation, Captain Dennis Noble, Driver-Engineer Joe Clark, and Firefighter-Paramedic Duane Norman decided to push the van about a quarter of a mile, up hill, to get the family to the nearest gas station. Not only that, the crew paid for the fill-up, and sent the family on their way to re-join their loved one at the hospital.

When the department posted a picture on Facebook with the story of what the firefighters did, the post was flooded with likes and comments. Liz Casner crowed: "Proud to be a 20 year resident of Hernando County." Jeffrey Hardman thinks "There is probably nothing these guys can't do!!!" And Alice Gates had her faith in humanity restored:

"There really is kindness left in this world."

We agree that this act of kindness by the three firefighters truly exemplifies what it means to be a public servant!

How can you start something good?

If this story made you feel good about first responders, why not show the police, firefighters and paramedics in your community how much you appreciate them. A smile and "thank you for your service" when you see them will make their day. Or why not drop by the station house with some homemade goodies, or send them a pizza?


You'll be making a difference for the people who make a difference in your community every day!

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