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Hernando firefighters help family on way to hospital after car runs out of gas

Posted at 9:36 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 03:08:42-05

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- Hernando County firefighters helped a family on their way to the hospital after their car ran out of gas.

Captain Dennis Noble, Driver/Engineer Joe Clark and Firefighter/Paramedic Duane Norman did not want the family to remain stranded on a busy road in Brooksville.

The incident happened on Thursday near the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Fort Dade Avenue.

"They kind of thought, 'What would we do if it was my family or a friend of ours?' And helped them out in any way that they could," said Deputy Chief Jim Billotte with Hernando County Fire Rescue.

Hernando County Fire Rescue said a family of four was on their way to the hospital when their car ran out of gas. The family called 911 and firefighters with Station 11 arrived at the scene.

Paramedics transported the patient to a local hospital.

No details were released regarding the circumstances surrounding the medical emergency.

The other three family members were left with no money, no gas and a tire losing air.

"The remaining family didn't have any way of getting fuel so our firefighters took it upon themselves to go ahead and push the vehicle approximately a quarter mile to a local gas station," said Deputy Chief Billotte.

The firefighters paid to fill up the family's gas tank. They also took care of the tire.

"We encourage our firefighters to take that extra step and take care of people. It's what we're all about," said Deputy Chief Billotte.

"Puts a smile on your face when you see guys willing to go that extra mile to take care of people," he added.