Man Was Having Heart Attack—Guess Who Finished Laying Down His Sod?

An above-and-beyond gesture in Pasco County, Fla. (Getty Images/wabeno)

It was a hot, humid day in Pasco County, Fla., on Saturday, and Gene Work was trying to beat the clock to lay down sod in his yard so he wouldn’t face a fine from his homeowner’s association. But the 40-year-old, who was working with his brother-in-law Mark Rouco, soon wasn’t feeling well—and it turned out he was having a heart attack, per ABC News.

His wife, Melissa Work, called 911, and about a half-dozen firefighters arrived to rush Gene Work to the hospital. But while he was drifting in and out of consciousness, his wife says he could only focus on one thing. “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,” she writes in a Facebook post. “It’s ALL he kept asking about literally during a massive heart attack. LOL.” He relayed his same fears to the first responders on his way to the hospital, and they were obviously listening.

Per the Tampa Bay Times, Rouco, who’d stayed behind in the yard to try to finish the job, suddenly saw the emergency vehicles that had just been there returning. Rouco thought they were coming to check on him, but they were there for a different reason: to help him put the rest of the sod down.

All together, they got the job done in an hour. At a ceremony Tuesday honoring the first responders, Gene Work told them he cried when he was shown a picture of the finished sod job after his emergency surgery. “On paper, we’ve been dealt a lot of difficulties,” Melissa Work, who will be receiving a bone marrow transplant next month, tells the Times. “But we teach our kids to look for the positives, and that is what this was.”

An extra gesture of kindness: After seeing Melissa Work’s Facebook post, the sod company refunded all of the family’s money. (California firefighters saved a dog, mouth to snout.)

Via Newser.

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2 Responses to Man Was Having Heart Attack—Guess Who Finished Laying Down His Sod?

  1. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    July 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Never underestimate the power of Florida HOAs to intimidate and enforce the silliest of rules. I remember a well publicized case where a manufactured home community wouldn’t let a man put a flag on his flagpole. He took it to court adnd finally the governor issued an edict permitting it. He even showed up at the house in question with a farmed copy of the edict, which the HOA simply ignored and got away with it. I remember another case where an HOA fined a man for having a television antenna. His lawyer presented a federal law to the HOA showing that it was illegal to forbid him a tv antenna. Their much publicized reaction was “we don’t like the Federal Law”

    These dastardly and bastardly organizations have the power to foreclose on your house in some cases, so maybe his concern is not so funny!

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      July 11, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      I had one experience with a HOA, and that was enough. I’ve passed up more than one nice home because of those assholes.

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