The day Gene had a heart attack changed his family’s life forever. His wife, Melissa Ann Work, was in the house when she noticed Gene had collapsed onto the grass in the front yard. She realized immediately that his health was at risk. She called 911 as she ran out to check on Gene. As she ran out to support him, millions of thoughts ran through her head, but the most powerful was the realization that life would never be the same if she lost him.
However, the first responders were experts. They knew exactly how to handle a heart attack. They supported Gene and rushed him to the hospital. And if she hadn’t spotted Gene early enough and the first responders hadn’t come as quickly as they had, Melissa knows that she might have lost her husband. And that realization has made her rethink a lot about life.
Because the entire Work family thought that they could lose Gene, they wanted the first responders to know how much their work was appreciated. They’ll forever be in debt to the first responders who saved Gene’s life. But what happened after he was rushed to the hospital is making headlines for a reason.
“I don’t know how to start this,” Melissa wrote on Facebook after Gene was taken home. “Before my husband had his massive heart attack, he was working on the sod with my amazing brother-in-law. That is what triggered and set it off. We had just received our last four pallets and were going to finish it. (The lawn) has been my husband’s biggest stress as our HOA date to fine us a huge amount was getting closer.
“While he was having his heart attack, literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging me to figure out the sod and have it put down because he didn’t want it to go to waste and die. It’s all he kept asking about literally during a massive heart attack. LOL.”
She told her husband to relax and assured him that Jesus would help. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law got back to work on the sod and was willing to work all night if he had to.
“He heard huge trucks driving back down the road. He turned around and saw the fire truck and ambulance had come back. He was confused and thought they were coming to check on him. Before he knows it, seven firefighters and EMTs jumped out, put on gloves and said they came back because they knew Gene was in serious trouble and they wanted to lay the new sod, so it didn’t die. They knew he wouldn’t be able to do any work for weeks, so they came back.”
Not only did the first responders save Gene’s life, but they also rescued him from the stress that the HOA had pushed onto him. They didn’t know all the details. They just wanted to help a heart attack victim who had “pawned his favorite gun to pay for the sod that he thought was going to die.”
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