Pay It Forward: Firefighters' Act Of Kindness Inspires Thousands

By Emma Koch

Credit: Heather Alwine Eracleous

Pay It Forward: Firefighters' Act Of Kindness Inspires Thousands

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- During a time when the weather can bring out the worst in people, area firefighters show a true act of kindness.

Heather Alwine Eracleous wrote a post on Facebook Wednesday after 8 to 10-inches of snow had fallen about a act of kindness she witnessed outside her window.

Eracleous's first thought was about her 94-year-old neighbor, Mr. Slack, a WWII vet who she calls a wonderfully stubborn man. In the post she mentioned that he had recently collapsed at the end of this driveway after shoveling snow.

Then Eracleous saw the Engine 12 fire truck pull up in front of Slack's home and she worried that he had collapsed again. She saw them walk calmly to his door and knock and when there was no answer, they made their way back to their truck, grabbed shovels and went to work on Mr. Slack's driveway. Then they packed up their shovels and were on their way, silently, without expecting any thanks.

She mentions how it only took them 10 minutes but had they not been so kind, it would've taken Mr. Slack over an hour and possible cost him his life.

The Journal Gazette reports that his daughter, Maggie Slack, said she had spoken with her father Wednesday morning. She warned him not to attempt to snow blow his driveway and he informed her that it had already been cleared. Maggie said that he sleeps late so it all happened before he woke up.

Eracleous' post was shared on the Fire Department's Facebook page and as of Thursday morning has been shared over 12,500 times and received 3,182 comments.

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