Man attacked by ants while pressure-washing is awed when rescuers finish the job
By Dan Billow
COCOA, Fla. - A crew of firefighters and paramedics have gone beyond saving a life -- they're showing they're good neighbors as well.
The crew rescued an 81-year-old man from an ant attack last Wednesday, and then came back and pressure-washed his front walk.
Jack Hurdt still can't get over it. He can't stop marveling at what happened when he was pressure cleaning.
He sprayed a bunch of ants, and the ants started biting, and before Jack knew it, he was collapsing.
"Went about 15 feet, pushed the doorbell. Next thing I knew, I was on the ground. I was out," he said.
"When I come back, his head was here and his shoulder was here, and the rest of him that way, and I couldn't get nothing out of him. Scared me to death," said his wife, Marjorie Hurdt.
Medics from nearby Station 44 came to the rescue, and when Jack got back from the hospital, he found a note.
"Dear Mr. Hurdt and family. We finished pressure washing your front walk," the note said.
A security camera confirmed it. The Station 44 crew had returned, unasked.
"About 10 minutes in, we had to leave to go to another 911 emergency, so we left, ran that call, came back and finished the job," said Lt. Richard Woodling.
Hurdt was surprised.
"I tell you, I just couldn't believe it that people would go out of their way to help me like that," he said.
"The citizens are our customers. If my father or grandfather needed something, I would expect the fire department to do the same thing," said Woodling.
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