SUN CITY WEST, AZ (CBS 5) - North County Fire Station 101 in Sun City West is extremely busy, but firefighters went on a call recently that wasn't quite an emergency.
"We usually see people on their worst day and to have an opportunity to go out and just spend time with somebody and provide something for them, to put a smile on their face, it was a nice change of pace," said Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Capt. Andrew Skinner. "It was really good for us."
A few weeks ago, firefighters got a call from some caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care. They said they had a client, a great grandmother, who hadn't been out of bed in a year. All she wanted was to sit up and get out of the house for just a few minutes.
Caregiver Karen Krepich remembers the firefighters saying, "Yes, right away," agreeing to come over to the house, lift her out of bed and onto a stretcher, then wheel her outside.
"When they took her outside, she just cried and cried and cried," said Krepich.
The firefighters went back a couple of days later to get the woman out of bed again, so she could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with her family. The caregivers were so touched by the firefighters' kindness that they reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to the first responders, who made the heartwarming house calls.
"It wasn't an emergency, it was something they were doing above and beyond to help a citizen that was in need, and it wasn't an essential need, just something that was going to make her day," Krepich said.
A CBS 5 news camera was rolling when a Home Instead crew went over to the fire station where they gave the firefighters $500.
"We want you all to know how much we appreciate what you did for this client," said Krepich. "You cannot imagine how this helped lift her spirits. She is a hospice patient, and this wish that you made come true just lifted all of our hearts. Here is $500 for you and your crew."
"It really moved our hearts as a crew," said Skinner. "It was something that was as valuable for us as it was for her."