Firefighters and paramedics rescue people in dangerous and stressful situations every day.
Members of Dallas Fire-Rescue from Station 5 in Pleasant Grove saved a family from a different kind of trouble, and it all began with a tree.
When fire-rescue personnel answer a call, they never know what they might find, so they make sure they have everything they need to help before they roll out.
But at Station 5, their engine has some extras recently.
Last week, firefighters at Station 5 answered a call at Eric and Janette Evans’ home
“We were having a large argument about money, and they came out to kind of intervene,” said Janette. “They came and they talked to us and made us realize we shouldn’t be fighting about money…just kind of calmed us down, then about three hours later, they showed up with a Christmas tree.”
“I lost my job back in September,” said Eric. “I was working at Carl Jr.’s and I was walking ‘cause I don’t have a car. I was walking, so it was about an hour walk to and from.”
Thirty-year firefighter Ron Hall's wife posted on Facebook about Station 5 giving the family a tree, and people began giving. Now, the family’s children can have Christmas.
“So now we got a bike for every kid, a bike helmet, and then also we got a gift card to give y’all so y’all can use it to go have a holiday meal on Christmas Day,” said Hall.
“People like this, it’s never happened for us with any public servant,” said Eric. “We're from Boson, and that never happens up there, and to come here and have that happened, it’s just amazing. It’s almost a dream, ‘cause it’s like, ‘These people don't do that, do they?’ And they actually did.”
For the Evans family, it will be a merry Christmas.