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Gresham firemen rescue man doing a neieghbor a favor and then finish a roofing job for him

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT - Ellen Dooley treated Firehouse 74 to root beer floats after they helped her husband when he got into a difficult situation. Ellen Dooley did not want her 79-year-old husband Tom to help out their elderly neighbor by putting a roof on her shed on one of the last week's hot days.

Not that Ellen doesn't appreciate his kindnesses, but she was worried because "he has a lot of health issues."

But always wanting to assist others, Tom climbed up to the roof on the hot day and commenced working.

"He doesn't know when to say no," Ellen said of her husband.

After a while, he felt faint and couldn't get down from the roof, so Ellen called 911.

Firemen from Station 74 came quickly, got Tom safely off the roof and comfortably situated at their Fairview mobile home with a glass of water.

"We got him off the roof. We had to lower him down. We got him some water. He had a little heat exhaustion," said firefighter Peter Graves.

"He shouldn't have been up there," Ellen said.

After a while, there was a knock on the Dooley's door. Firefighter Peter Graves and his fellow firefighters Justin King and Mike Bono had not only retrieved the tools from the roof, but finished the roofing job.

"It was just a few asphalt shingles left to put on. It only took us 10-15 minutes. It was a group effort," said Graves. "It wasn't too big of a deal."

Ellen disagrees.

"I just think they needed some kudos. They didn't have to do that," Ellen said of the firefighters. "It was so cool."

Ellen repaid the favor by taking the makings for root beer floats down to the fire house.

The firefighters enjoyed the frosty treats on another hot day at the firehouse.


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