CFD firefighters go above and beyond during medical aid call

CORONA — City of Corona firefighters who responded to reports of a man who collapsed while mowing and caring for his yard went above and beyond the call of duty in a very small but special way, Monday afternoon, April 22.

Fire officials later shared a social media post with a photo from the scene of the emergency call that showed members of one of the City’s engine companies mowing the victim’s lawn and completing the yard maintenance and cleanup that the victim had started before suffering an unspecified medical crisis.


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In their post, which has received thousands of views, comments and shares, fire officials explained that the City’s Engine Company 3 responded to the victim’s home after receiving reports of a man laying in his front yard next to a lawnmower.

Firefighters who responded to the scene evaluated and treated the victim before the man was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.

Without any urgent or emergency calls pending, the firefighters used the man’s lawn mowing equipment to finish mowing his front lawn, before moving to his back yard and mowing that lawn as well. The firefighters then completed other needed yard maintenance before cleaning up and putting the victim’s mower and other equipment away.

“Serving our community with pride and the best customer service possible is our goal,” Corona Fire officials wrote in their social media post.

After seeing the department’s Facebook share, countless area residents commented the post praising both the department, as well as the members of the engine company that took the time to finish the victim’s yard work.

“That’s fantastic,” Noryne Wilson Moss commented. “There is so little to celebrate in the news these days that when a story like this comes along it makes your heart swell to know there are still great people out there.”

Kevin Franklin agreed, writing, “Things like this put a good smile on my face!! I honestly believe we have the best FD and PD!”

“This type of story is what should be the headline news,” wrote Traci Coleman Crane. “A well deserved THANK YOU for all you do!”

“CFD, you always shine brighter than any other FD!” Rebecca Rodriguez Clayton wrote. “Thank you for your continued support of our community!”

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Countless other area residents thanked Corona Fire Department and the firefighters from Engine Company 3, with Sara Makariou commenting, “You are AMAZING! Thank you for your wonderful service! ❤️❤️❤️,” and Sheila Romanski commenting “Love our E3 firefighters. Thank you for your service and for going beyond the call!!!”

Officials have provided no further details or updates about the victim’s condition, but he will undoubtedly be happily surprised when he returns home and discovers that not only did the firefighters care for him, they took the time to care for his front and back yards as well, showing how much they truly care for their community and its citizens.

Writer’s note: If you are the person, or related to the person, whose yards were mowed and cleaned by Engine Company 3’s firefighters, RCNS would love to speak with you. Contact information is located below CFD’s post.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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