Virginia Beach fire station cuts man’s grass after he collapsed while mowing

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Patrick Roll was cutting his lawn last week when he fell over.

“I went down into the grass, laid out and out of it totally,” said Roll.

A neighbor saw him in the grass and ran to get his brother.

“I ran out to where my brother was and he was having a seizure, he was face up,” said Ronald Roll.

That’s where Station 20 comes in. They were called to Patrick Roll’s home.

Firefighters tended to him until an ambulance arrived, but they didn’t just leave.

They said their job wasn’t over.

“Master firefighter Nick White here on A shift was cutting the grass, it was a great idea, he had a lot of grass to cut,” said Captain Kurt Southall.

And the neighbor captured the act of kindness.

“They not only did that, if that wasn’t enough, once they finished cutting the yard they saw the edger and got the edger and did the whole property,” Ronald Roll said.

But to firefighters, it’s just something they wanted to do to help out.

“There’s so many things we do we just don’t think about,” Southall said. 

“It’s who we are, it’s what we like to do. We like to help people,” said firefighter Katie Lyons.

After a stressful few days, Patrick Roll says it was a sight to come home to.

“I never expected that. In fact, we stopped over to the station number 20 and thanked them personally,” said Patrick.

“These guys and gals were just — if it’s a reflection on the community, it’s a beautiful community,” Ronald said.

Patrick Roll says he wants to thank them even further. He’s writing a letter of appreciation and delivering them lunch next week.

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