Army veteran Prince Pinkney, 83, usually pays someone to mow his lawn. They hadn’t shown up for a few weeks, so the veteran thought he’d spend Monday afternoon doing the job himself.
He was just a few passes in when the hot Fort Lauderdale sun became unbearable. Pinkney began to feel weak.
“It was hot, and I got overheated,” he told WSVN.
Then he lost strength in one of his legs, already weakened from a stroke years ago.
“When it gave out, I just fell right in the yard out there,” Pinkney said.
The veteran’s wife saw Pinkney fall and ran outside to help.
“He slipped, he just fell,” Rebecca Pinkney said. “I had him by the arm, but I couldn’t hold him up.”
Pinkney was suffering from heat exhaustion. A passer-by who saw him struggling on the ground called the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, which arrived in minutes.
“We treated them and checked them out,” FLFR Lt. Matthew Wells told WSVN.
But the crew didn’t stop there. Pinkney still had some grass to mow.
The first responders helped with that job, too. Nearby, a Fort Lauderdale resident recorded a video of the paramedics mowing Pinkney’s lawn.
“I think we can cut their lawn while we’re doing this, and next thing I know…” Wells said.
“It wasn’t much of a discussion,” said another member of the crew.
After the job was done, the paramedics headed off, perhaps on another call. They returned a few hours later to make sure Pinkney was recovering.
The veteran and his wife were grateful for the help.
“I thank you so much for cutting the yard for me,” Rebecca said. “We really appreciate you.”
“Thank you very, very much,” Pinkney added.
The paramedics responded with a salute to the veteran.
“Their story is amazing in itself,” said FLFR Capt. Terry Maylor. “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.”
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.