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Birmingham Firefighters come to the aid of a veteran in more ways than one

Firefighter and Paramedic Tommy Carter and Firefighter Timothy Kennedy taking care of a military veteran's lawn.

Saturday, was just like any other day at Station 25, but for firefighters Tim Kennedy and Tommy Carter, it would be a day they would never forget.

"I woke up, got ready for work, and I stood in front of the sink and thought to myself, what does today hold for us?" Carter said. "What are we going to run into today? Yesterday did not disappoint."

Late in the morning, a call came in of a man having chest pains. Kennedy and Carter responded to the call. When they arrived, Carter said he noticed that the lawn of the house was halfway cut. The man told Kennedy and Carter that he was in the middle of cutting his lawn when he started having chest pains, and while on the way to the hospital, the man said he was really wanting to get his lawn done before the weather turned for the worst.

After he was transported to the hospital, Carter had the idea of finishing the job.

"I was all in," Kennedy said. "I loved the idea."

The men went back to the house and with the help of a neighbor, got the lawn equipment out of the house and finished the job. It turned out that the man is a 30 year military veteran.

"The fact that he was military, I put that above everything," Kennedy said. "I love my military. I love this country. They deserve so much respect. It was one of the best feelings I have ever had."

Both men said that they would not call this going above the call of duty. They were just helping out someone in need.

"People always say we get to give back by what we do, but that is just part of our job," Carter said. "When we do the extra things that go a little further than that, and it happens all across the department-- not just here at station 25. It happens all the time, and a lot of times, people do not get the credit for the acts they do. Anytime you get the chance to do a little bit more, a little bit extra, not only does it make somebody else feel happy, but it makes you feel pretty good too"

"I wish we had more opportunities to do that because there are plenty of citizens in Birmingham, Ala. that deserve that," Kennedy said. "This particular one touched both of us more than usual."

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