A kindhearted firefighter carries an elderly woman up some arena stairs after noticing she was struggling walking up the stairs.
Firefighters are often known for their selfless work ethic, where they risk their lives to save others. And too often, they also go the extra mile to help others in need, even when off duty. Just like what one firefighter did for an elderly woman, winning hearts online.
Three years ago, Thomas Harwell went viral for his heroic act that inspired thousands until today. He and his wife, Shayla, attended a Brad Paisley concert at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when they noticed an elderly woman. They saw her struggling to get to her seat. Hence, Shayla pointed at her and asked Thomas to help her out.
Going The Extra Mile
Later on, once again, they saw the elderly struggling to get back up the stadium steps after the show ended. And so, Thomas came to the rescue again. The firefighter went out of his way to scoop her into his arms and carried her the rest of the way.
“I’m almost shocked, I really honestly didn’t think it would go that far,” the wife recalled. “She was very appreciative. When he placed her down at the top of the stairs, she was grinning ear to ear. It really touched her to have him help her.”
The proud wife took a picture of the heartwarming moment and shared it on social media. It immediately went viral and received thousands of likes, shares, and comments. Some also offered free movie tickets for them.
But amidst the praise and applaud from people, Thomas shrugs off the attention from him. He said he “was only doing his duty as a human being.”
“If you’re alive and breathing, you shouldn’t need an excuse to help someone else, if they need help, help them,” he said.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16