Linda Talluto's husband Sam was out mowing the couple's Bull Mountain Meadows when a neighbor saw him fall on Oct. 19.
"He lost his balance as he was turning the mover," said Linda Talluto. "He has kind of bad balance, and he fell down. … Tracy (Wanderscheid) and her friend Joyce were actually right there and saw him fall, and they thought he hit his head first."
While they later discovered that Sam Talluto likely hit his shoulder first, they helped him into the house and dialed 9-1-1.
Minutes later, four Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters — Capt. Ryan Robinson, Michael Rose, Bryan Green and Trevor Nowak — showed up from Station No. 66 on Southwest Brockman Road in Beaverton.
"The four were incredibly kind, patient, helpful and supportive," Wanderscheid told The Times. "They provided all necessary medical attention, took vitals and clearly explained the need to transport Sam to the hospital."
While Wanderscheid recalled the Tallutos were initially apprehensive since many local hospitals have COVID-19 patients, and Sam had some pre-existing health conditions, Nowak reassured the couple that "the paramedics and hospital staff would take excellent care of him."
What happened next surprised both Linda Talluto and Wanderscheid.
"Tracy and I were talking and I heard the lawnmower going, and so Tracy went outside and one (firefighter) was mowing," Linda Talluto recalled.
Two others were raking leaves, and the other was edging the lawn.
Wanderscheid was so shocked that she even took photos, chronicling the firefighters' yard work.
Luckily, Sam Talluto wasn't injured too badly and was quickly released.
Cassandra Ulven, public affairs chief for TVF&R, said fire crews helping out residents after a call isn't that unusual.
"It's not uncommon for our crews to try and help with things beyond their initial call for service, whether that means finishing yard work, putting away groceries, cleaning up blood — you name it," said Ulven.
Although retired, Linda Talluto said she and her husband remain active. She taught theater for 30 years and still directs community theater.
Sam Talluto is in two musical groups, Portland Community Wind Band and the Rose City Flute Choir.
Linda Talluto said it was nice to know that someone was more than willing to help out while her husband recuperated.
"I was so impressed with them," she said of the firefighters' actions. "They were such nice guys."
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