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‘See ya’ later, suckas!’ 5-year-old dying of rare cancer writes own obituary

“See ya’ later, suckas!”

Garrett Matthias’ final message to the world held the same gusto with which the 5-year-old lived his life, which ended July 6 following a 10-month-long battle with cancer.

The Van Meter, Iowa, boy wrote his own obituary, with help from his parents, Emilie and Ryan Matthias. Emilie Matthias told the Des Moines Register that she and her husband began writing down things Garrett would say as he talked about his wishes, particularly after learning in mid-June that his cancer was terminal. 

The Register reported that Garrett was diagnosed in September with alveolar fusion negative rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that began in the temporal bone of his skull, his cranial nerve and his inner ear. He underwent grueling treatments in the hope of beating the disease but, by the time he died, his treatment-resistant tumors had invaded the lining of his brain, causing painful headaches and backaches. 

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His parents decided he would get the funeral he wanted, complete with a bouncy house for every year that he lived. Garrett’s memorial, scheduled for Saturday, will also have snow cones, carnival treats and fireworks.

Garrett, nicknamed “Great Garrett Underpants” for his dislike of pants, will also have a Viking sendoff: A local archer will shoot a flaming arrow onto a small boat carrying his ashes across a neighbor’s pond. 

“I’d say things like, ‘When I die, I want to turn into a star,’” Matthias told the Register. “He’d say, ‘I want to be burned like in ‘Thor,’ and then I want to become a gorilla.”

The topic of death arose multiple times over the months Garrett fought cancer, as his parents attended funerals of other children who had succumbed to the disease. Matthias said he would see them come home from the services filled with sadness.

“He would say, ‘Why are funerals so sad? I’m going to have bouncy houses at mine,’” Matthias told the newspaper

When the Matthiases learned that Garrett’s condition would not improve, they came up with a questionnaire and began compiling his answers. That questionnaire, recreated below, turned into a portion of his obituary.

My name is: Garrett Michael Boofias.

My birthday is: I am 5 years old.

My address is: I am a Bulldog!

My favorite color is: Blue...and red and black and green.

My favorite superhero is: Batman…and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg.

When I grow up: I'm going to be a professional boxer.

My favorite people are: Mommy, Daddy, my sister ‘Delcina’ (Delphina); the grandparents with the new house (Fredric and Cheryl Krueger); the grandparents with the camper (Daniel and Nita Matthias); my cousins, Grady, ‘that guy I took down that one time’ (Luke) and London Marie; my auntie Janette and stinky Uncle Andy (Andrew and Janette Krueger); those two guys, you know, my uncles (Kristopfer Krueger and James Taylor); Batman!!

The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port. 

Things I hate: Pants, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts. I do like the mint monkey nose at Mayo Radiation, and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy).

When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!

Burned or buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla.

Big or small funeral: Funerals are sad. I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman and snow cones.

The obituary noted that Garrett’s parents would honor his wishes -- and that a symbolic “Asgardian” burial ceremony and fireworks will be held just after sunset Saturday.

“A private burial of Garrett’s ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area,” the obituary read

Though the questionnaire portion of Garrett’s obituary was somewhat light-hearted, the Matthiases pulled no punches when it came to writing about what their son had been through. 

“The reality for Garrett and so many other children is pediatric cancer is an ugly, nasty beast that leaves a path of destruction,” the obituary read. “For Garrett and many others before him -- cancer kills. Those that are ‘lucky’ enough to survive endure long-term, debilitating side effects and the constant fear of relapse. 

“We will fight for a cure until no other kids are robbed of their childhood, no other siblings lose their best friends and no other parents have to bury their babies.” 

Read Garrett’s entire obituary here

Matthias told the newspaper that Garrett’s doctors were always frank about the realities of his treatment. 

It’s not those beautiful commercials with these kids with bald heads that are smiling and everyone is cured,” Matthias said. "They were upfront that chemo is poison; radiation, burns. The other way is to cut it out. You choose and make hard decisions about poisoning, burning and cutting your child. Those are things nobody should have to do. Those shouldn’t be the ways we treat our kids.

“Cancer is horrible. This kid is awesome, and he died of cancer.”

Matthias’ cousin created a GoFundMe page for the family to help pay Garrett’s medical and funeral costs. As of about noon Friday, it had raised $40,000 of the $75,000 goal. 

The family also encouraged people to make donations to several nonprofits that helped Garrett during his fight, including the Little Al Foundationthe Pink Tractor Foundation and the University of Iowa Dance Marathon

Diver finds couple's lost wedding video in ocean 1 year later

It might be the best one-year anniversary gift a couple could get: memories of their wedding day.

A Gainesville, Florida, couple thought the pictures and videos of their big day were lost after their GoPro fell into the water during a paddle boarding mishap, WFLA reported.

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"It's murky water around that area, and deep. There was no way I was going to get back. I was just, ‘Aww, well, there it goes,’" bride Angel Wilson told WFLA.

One year later, diver Jeffrey Heim told WFLA that he found their GoPro lodged in between rocks in the ocean near Venice. The memory card remained intact. 

>>Watch: Clip of couple's lost wedding video

"I knew the pictures were pretty sentimental, and myself having lost three Go-pro's previously with lost footage on them, I knew they'd probably want it back," Heim said.

Heim tweeted the video, and after countless re-tweets, he found the couple and returned their wedding memories, WFLA reported.

"You've just got to give people the benefit of the doubt. Because there's a lot of good people out there, and this is just a good example of one," groom Tim Wilson told WFLA.

Watch: Will Smith, Ciara join ‘In My Feelings’ challenge dance-off in epic fashion

Will Smith just upped the game in the #InMyFeelings challenge on social media.

It’s part of the latest craze to sweep the internet, inspired by Drake’s hit “In My Feelings” from the “Scorpion” album.

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Originally dubbed #DoTheShiggy on Instagram, over 2.3 million tweets have been shared, dedicated to the #kikichallenge, #DoTheShiggy, Kiki and Keke.

Ciara and Russell Wilson followed up with their own epic version while vacationing in Cape Town, South Africa.

New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. jumped out of a car to pull of his dance.

Drake even put his own spin on it on stage during a recent show.

Drake’s “In My Feelings” is currently number 6 on the Billboard hot 100 chart.

A glamorous Goodwill mystery: Who are the strangers in these slides?

The lights dimmed and the mystery unfolded, frame after tantalizing frame.

The lady of the house dazzles in a strapless evening gown, pink gloves and glittery choker. There’s a champagne coupe in her right hand — Veuve Cliquot, it appears from the label behind her — and a mink stole drapes over her left arm. Where did she go that night?

Muscular chrome beauties line the driveway, a 1953 Pontiac with a car cooler affixed to the window and a 1955 Buick with portholes gleaming down its sides. Their owners apparently are world travelers, too, trekking to a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where almost no visitors are allowed. How?

Click.

The lights came back on. We were still in the dark.

“I’m just falling in love with this sweet family,” said Kristie Baeumert, the accidental guardian of their memories. “I’m fascinated. I want to know more.”

The Fairburn mom of five often shops for kids’ clothes at the Tyrone Goodwill store, and she was browsing there the other day when a sturdy contraption on the electronics shelf caught her eye. The Argus 300 Model III slide projector would be perfect for viewing the boxes of slides she’d inherited from her grandmother, she thought. She didn’t notice the original owner’s slides until later.

“I was instantly obsessed,” she said. “I made my whole family look at them. My friends came over and I was like, ‘We’re going to look at these slides!’ ”

The Argus appears to have been a valued possession; someone etched on its serial number. The carton it came with says “Kansas” in pencil and there’s a Colorado tag on one of the cars. What are these heirlooms doing in Georgia?

Some frames suggest global travel. One shows tourists at Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan (thanks, Google Image Search), one was snapped in what appears to be a tropical setting and one is marked “Wake Island,” a tiny, tightly restricted spit of land in the Pacific Ocean mostly used as a stop for refueling military planes. Was this a military family?

There are no pictures of people in uniforms, but there’s a cultural clue that suggests that might be the case: The family is African-American but some of their photos show black and white kids playing together.

“I don’t even think schools were integrated yet,” Baeumert observed.

The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way to school integration with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, years after President Harry S. Truman’s 1948 banning racial discrimination in the U.S Armed Forces.

There’s no telling who the donor was. Goodwill of North Georgia operates 59 donation centers and 60 stores in the 45 counties it serves. Last year it took in 2.8 million items and served 7.4 million shoppers. Sometimes items for sale at a particular store were donated there, sometimes elsewhere.

Eager to find the family the slides depict and learn more about them, Baeumert shared a few images on her Facebook page. Her post has been shared more than 160 times but so far, no dice.

“I was kind of sad about that,” she said. “If this was my family, I would want these.”

We met up with Baeumert at the Hapeville library this week, where the staff let her set up the Argus in the conference room. The slide show was a painstaking process, nothing at all like zipping through the scroll of snaps we all have on our phones. Unlike the zillions of selfies we preen for or the meals we feel compelled to document, they reflect a level of care in posing and composition.

“As far as photography goes, this person knew what they were doing,” she said. “They weren’t just randomly snapping.”

Having viewed them so many times now, the strangers in the slides have started to feel like friends.

“My grandmother had a velour sectional like that.”

Click.

“Someone probably made that skirt.”

Click.

“These girls matched, all the time, down to the shoes and everything, even when they’re just playing in the yard. Awww. I love them.”

Click.

Someone wrote on the border of this frame, a photo of a little girl posed sweetly in the front yard:

“Perfect Pic,” it reads. “The best of my baby.”

The note scrawled in pencil, maybe by another mother decades ago, clutches at Baeumert’s heart.

“They just look so happy,” she said. “They wanted to take pictures together all the time. I feel like I know the family now.”

Our thanks to friend and former colleague Mark Davis, now with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for his help identifying various indigenous American species depicted in the slides: the vintage automobiles. 

AJC photographer Alyssa Pointer took the photos of Kristie Baeumert and the photos of slides projected onto the wall during an impromptu slideshow at the Hapeville library this week. We don’t know who took the original photos. Yet. We hope to.

Premature baby delivered by same staff who attended his father

A premature baby born in a New York City hospital was a case of deja vu for the doctor and nurse who delivered the child. After all, they delivered the child’s father -- who was also born premature -- 18 years ago, WABC reported.\

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Josiah Valentine is now 5 pounds and left the hospital for the first time Thursday, three months after his birth. He was born at 25 weeks and weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces, WABC reported.

Josiah’s father, Javon Valentine, also was delivered at the Bronx hospital where his son was born.

"The dad's mother came and she recognized everybody," Lazaro Lezcano told WABC.

Lezcano and nurse Editha de Leon have worked at the hospital for 30 years, the television station reported.

"It's a great feeling," de Leon said. "This is why we get up in the morning and come to work, they give us a reason to be here every day."

Miniature horse rescued from rooftop after flooding in Japan

She may be small, but a 9-year-old mare got on her high horse last week and moved to a rooftop when flooding devastated western Japan.

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Leaf, who is used for animal therapy at the Life Town Mabi facility for the elderly went missing July 6 along with her colt, Earth, when flooding hit the Machibo district of 

Kurashiki, news.com.au reported.

Officials believed the horses had drowned, but on Monday the mare was found on a roof a few miles away by Peace Winds, a disaster relief charity, The Japan Times reported.

The horse was caked in mud and lost her footing, falling more than 6 feet to the ground, The Japan Times reported.

Leaf suffered only minor injuries to one leg, news.au.com reported.

2018 Emmys: John Legend one step closer to EGOT

John Legend is one step closer to achieving an EGOT -- an elite club of performers who have won all four of the entertainment industry’s major awards -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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Legend scored his first Emmy nomination Thursday morning, for his role in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

He will compete against Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”) and Jesse Plemons (“Black Mirror”) in the category.

Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and Mel Brooks are among those who have achieved an EGOT.

>>Related: 2018 Emmys: Sandra Oh is the first Asian woman nominated for lead actress in drama category 

Legend began his road to EGOT when he won three Grammy Awards in 2006.

He has won 10 to date.

>>Related: 2018 Emmys nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Handmaids Tale’ lead nods

Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen shared her excitement for her husband -- and dismay over the couple’s lack of space shelf for their awards.

“If he wins, he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved,” Teigen tweeted. “But it's ok I AM SO PROUD!”

Woman’s pit bull rescue dog saves her from home invasion

A woman in Louisville, Kentucky, is thankful to her rescue pit bull for saving her during a home invasion.

WAVE reported that Kelsey Leachman was in her living room Monday watching TV when her pit bull, Layla, started became agitated.

“She started barking and ran into the kitchen and I could tell by the way she was growling something wasn't right,” Leachman told WAVE.

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A man was standing in her kitchen. Leachman ran for the door and the man ran after her, knocking her to the floor.

“The whole time Layla was barking and biting his legs and going crazy, and I was kicking and screaming,” Leachman said.

Leachman was able to push the intruder away as Layla bit him. The man ran outside, and Leachman locked the door and called police.

“The (police dog) was able to catch his scent and it was lost at (a nearby high school),” Leachman said. “So, (police) think that possibly he may have parked there and walked over here and ran back to his car and drove off.”

“I don’t think I could have overpowered him by myself,” Leachman said. “She did everything she was supposed to do. She knew he wasn’t supposed to be in my house and I just love her. I’m so thankful for her.”

Leachman has since installed motion detectors and security cameras outside her home.

Layla was adopted by Leachman two years ago. At the time, she was malnourished and ridden with fleas and ticks.

“We’re together all the time. Very attached,” Leachman said. “I rescued her and then she rescued me.”

Police are still looking for the intruder, who Leachman described as a man with a buzz-style hair cut, in his mid-30s and around 6 feet tall.

Toys R Us’ Geoffrey the Giraffe has new home at children’s hospital

Geoffrey the Giraffe, the iconic mascot for the now-defunct Toys R Us chain, has been adopted and has a new home.

The statue that used to be featured at the toy company’s headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey, was moved to his new location at Bristol-Meyers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, My Central Jersey reported.

Geoffrey was officially unveiled Wednesday.

Hospital officials said that Geoffrey’s original name was Dr. G. Raffe, so it was appropriate that his new home is at the hospital.

“Geoffrey used to be a doctor,” John Gantner, RWJUH president and CEO told My Central Jersey. “I thought it fitting that and a little bit ironic that Dr. G. Raffe has moved to a hospital in this next stage of his career. And although Geoffrey moved from his former home tin Wayne, to his current home in New Brunswick, his job responsibilities have not changed all that much.”

During the ceremony Wednesday, eight patients were dubbed zookeepers and removed the sheet from the 16-foot tall, 550-pound statue in front of the hospital officials and guests, My Central Jersey reported

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Ken Rosen, a board member for the health care network that runs the hospital, paid the $6,000 it cost to install the statue at the hospital. Joseph Malfitanio, whose company worked on the liquidation of the company’s assets, also paid about $10,000 to pack and move the statue, Bloomberg reported last month.

Toys R Us was founded in 1948, but the company filed for bankruptcy in September with all stores closing by June 30. 

Rookie firefighter saves man suffering from heart attack on flight

A 25-year-old rookie firefighter from Massachusetts saved a man's life – while 30,000 feet up in the air.

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Joe Manganaro is a Stoughton firefighter and paramedic who was recently promoted to sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves. 

Manganaro was on his way to California to conduct training with the Marines last month when his life-saving skills came in handy.

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While aboard an American Airlines flight, a man began complaining of chest pains and showed signs that he was suffering a heart attack.

After no one spoke up when the captain asked if there were any doctors on board, Manganaro stepped up.

"I was looking around. I'm like, 'Seriously, there's no doctor here? There's like 200 people and no doctor. Alright, here we go,'" Manganaro said. "[The man] was really pale, sweating through his shirt. He was wearing a white shirt; he was drenched in sweat, out of it – he wasn't feeling well."

Manganaro evaluated the passenger's symptoms and was patched through to a doctor on the ground.

"[I] talked to him on phone, told him, 'Gotta take the bird down; he needs to go to a hospital,'" Manganaro said.

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The pilot made an emergency landing in Washington, D.C. so the passenger could be rushed to a hospital.

Veteran firefighters say that, despite Manganaro only being with the department for a short time, they couldn't be prouder of one of their rookies.

"He was a little out of his element, you know we go in as a team here," said Stoughton Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Breen. "He was by himself on a plane, thrown into a position he was probably a little bit uncomfortable with, but he stepped up."

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Manganaro truly did step up and in a big way, saving a man's life.

"He [the passenger] sent me a message saying he's doing well, everything good on his end so it's really nice to hear he was very thankful and appreciative," Manganaro said.

Original map from ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ sells for over $500k in auction

The original, hand-drawn map of the Hundred Acre Woods from “Winnie-the-Pooh” sold at auction for a record price of $571,000 (430,000 pounds) on Tuesday.

E.H. Shepard’s drawing, at Sotheby’s in London, sold for almost three times its estimate at presale -- setting the record price for a book illustration, the BBC reports.

The 1926 drawing, described by Sotheby’s as “probably the most famous map in English literature,” depicts the woodland world of AA Milne's “Winnie-the-Pooh,” Sky News reports.

It features Pooh, Christopher Robin and other beloved characters from the series, along with iconic stopping points in the Hundred Acre Wood, like the “Bee Tree” and “Eeyore’s Gloomy Place.”

The map also shows “Piglet’s House” and the location of “Pooh’s trap for Heffalumps.”

The illustration is thought to be the work of Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, according to the BBC.

It is signed off with the words, “Drawn by me and Mr Shepard helpd (sic).”

Several other “Winnie-the-Pooh” sketches were sold with the map, including a drawing from the book “The House at Pooh Corner,” in which Pooh and Christopher Robin said their final goodbye.

Shepard’s famous illustrations helped bring Milne’s “bear of very little brain” and his friends to life for children across the world.

In 2014, an ink drawing of the characters playing the game “poohsticks” sold for a then-record 314,500 pounds -- nearly $42,000.

7-Eleven giving away free Slurpees on Wednesday 

7-Eleven is celebrating its name-day on Wednesday, July 11-- the 11th day of the seventh month, or 7/11 -- with free Slurpees.

Customers can get a free small Slurpee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Cap’n Crunch CrunchBerries flavored version of the frozen treat is this year’s featured flavor in honor of the chain’s 91st anniversary.

The chain estimates it will hand out about 9 million Slurpees by the end of the day. 

If Slurpees don’t sound appealing, 7-Eleven is also offering a “Big Bite” hot dog for $1 on Wednesday.

Other freebies will be offered throughout the month of July.

See the full list of deals below:

July 12: Free 7-Select Pure water with purchase of a Bodyarmor sports drink.July 13: Free Big Gulp fountain drink with purchase of a share-size Snickers candy bar.July 14: Free 7-Select popcorn with purchase of a 20-ounce Smartwater.July 15: Free single-size Reese’s candy with purchase of a share-size bag of 7-Select Gummies.July 16: Free 20-ounce Coca-Cola with purchase of any flavor Cheez-It baked snack crackers.July 17: Free single-serve bag of 7-Select chips with purchase of any fresh sandwich.July 18: Free single-serve 7-Select tortilla chips with purchase of any 7-Select nuts.

Customers must download the app or register online to qualify.

Singer Jason Aldean, wife Brittany Kerr Aldean expecting second child

Country singer Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany Kerr Aldean, are expecting their second child.

Seven months after the birth of their first child together, son Memphis Aldean Williams, the couple announced on Instagram that Memphis will be a big brother.

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People reported that the couple made matching Instagram posts of Memphis in a “Big Brother” onesie.

“Here we go again,” Kerr Aldean, 31, captioned her post.

“Sup everybody……. guess who is gonna be a BIG brother,” Aldean captioned his post.

Memphis was born in December after the couple went through a year-long journey to conceive, eventually having their son with the help of in vitro fertilization treatments. They have not said if they went through IVF this time.

The baby will be the second for Kerr Aldean and the fourth for Aldean, who has daughters Kendyl, 10, and Keeley, 15, from his previous marriage to Jessica Aldean.

K-9 tracks down, comforts autistic child lost in Delaware forest

An autistic child who got lost in the woods near their home is safe, thanks to the police K-9 that tracked them down.

The 7-year-old’s mother reported her child missing from their home, near Newark, around 2 p.m. Saturday, according to New Castle County police.

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When officers arrived, they found footprints leading into a wooded area near the home. 

The mother told police her child likes the woods, but doesn’t know how to swim.

Police K-9 Ace and his handler tracked the child’s scent for over a mile, through woods and hilly terrain. 

K-9 Ace came across a couple walking their dog, who happened to have a pair of child’s sneakers.

The couple told police they saw a child wandering in the woods and stumbled upon the sneakers about 15 minutes earlier. 

K-9 Ace got a good scent from the shoes and tracked the scent to a small wooden bridge -- tracking down the child there.

The child was too afraid to come to the officers, but very interested in K-9 Ace, police said. Ace’s handler helped soothe the child, and allowed them to pet Ace and hold his harness as they walked back through the woods.

During the long walk back, police said that the child relaxed enough to get a piggyback ride from one of the officers. 

Once the group got out of the woods, they were met by a group of officers in a nearby parking lot, who helped the child safely return home to their family.

Firefighters, paramedics return to lay sod after rescuing man who had heart attack

After taking a man who had a heart attack in his front yard to the hospital, firefighters and paramedics returned to the scene to finish laying sod for him.

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Gene Work was laying sod over the weekend to avoid a fine from his homeowner’s association when he started to experience symptoms of a heart attack, his wife, Melissa Work, said on Facebook

“While he was having his heart attack, literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging me to figure out the sod and have it put down because he didn't want it to go to waste and die,” Melissa Work said in the post.

Gene Work was rushed to the hospital with his wife by his side. His brother-in-law, Mark Rouco, who witnessed the heart attack, stayed to finish the job. 

Rouco removed the old grass and started laying a section of new sod when he heard the sound of diesel trucks coming down the road. Seven firefighters and paramedics pulled up to help finish the job. 

“They didn't know all we have been through as a little family,” Melissa Work wrote. “They simply saw someone in need, something in need and did this for us. This wasn't in their job description.

We have no words. Just sobbing.”

Pasco County Fire Rescue saw and shared Melissa Work’s post.

“We believe in helping the community whenever we are needed, and recently the crew from Station 10 (A-Shift) did exactly that,” officials said.

JetBlue crew members use oxygen mask to help dog during flight from Orlando

Two quick-thinking flight attendants helped save a dog on a recent flight to Massachusetts.

Darcy the French bulldog was on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Worcester last week when she started showing signs of distress.

Her owners say her tongue turned blue and she had difficulty breathing.

Flight attendants took notice and told Darcy's owners to hold an oxygen mask over her face.

Within minutes, they say Darcy appeared to be feeling much better. 

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Starbucks employee helps deliver baby outside store

A Starbucks worker in Tacoma, Washington, is being credited for her quick thinking after she helped a woman deliver her baby outside the store.

>> Watch the news report here

“It all seems kind of like a dream,” Rashelle Rehms said.

Rehms is a shift supervisor at the 24-hour drive-through Starbucks off South 72nd Street in Tacoma where she’s worked for five years. She’s seen some pretty interesting things, but this is the first time she's delivered a baby.

She was working her typical overnight shift when a man knocked on the window around 1 a.m. Friday.

“He said she's laying on the ground about to have a baby,” Rehms said.

Rehms immediately jumped into action.

She grabbed towels and ran out to the grassy slope right outside the store.

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“The lady was laying right here, so I got the towels for her, this side,” she said.

Seconds later, the baby was out.

“She said she needed her pants off, so I took those off for her and I noticed the baby was crowning,” Rehms said. “So I asked her to lift her hips so I could put the towels underneath her hips, and as soon as she lifted her hips, the baby came right out.”

Paramedics showed up shortly after.

Video shows other strangers also stopped to help.

Rehms, a mother of two, said she relied on her instincts that morning and went into “mom mode.”

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“When you're a mom you kind of go back to those moments when your babies are born,” Rehms said. “There was no really fear. It was just mainly this needs to be done and she needs help.”

Rehms also said she broke store policy when she left the store to help.

"We're proud of Rashelle for her quick thinking and actions until additional help could arrive, and appreciate their quick response as well," a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement to KIRO-TV.

Later that day, Rehms visited the mom at Tacoma General Hospital. She said mom and baby both appear to be doing well.

“It's an honor that I could be there,” Rehms said.

Rehms said she also hopes to stay in touch with the mom so she can get updates on the baby.

6-year-old twin brothers from Ohio save girl, 3, from drowning

Twin brothers in Ohio were honored by state representatives after they saved a 3-year-old girl from drowning, WTOL reported.

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Six-year-olds Peyton and Bryant Switzer of Bowling Green were vacationing with their family in Florida last week when they helped save the life of the young girl.

“She jumped in and Peyton jumped in and put her arm around her and then he bring (sic) her to the ladder and I helped her out," Bryant told WTOL.

The twins said they knew the girl was in distress because her head went under water, the television station reported.

“You know it’s very rewarding to know that some of the things they are involved with just became an instinct to them. So being in the swimming lessons and Safety Town they recognized that the little girl was in trouble right away," said the twins’ stepfather, D.J. Deiter.

Dogs steal mail carrier's lunch, become instant celebrities

A pair of dogs in Virginia took the battle between mail carriers and canines to the next level, and their adorably naughty actions have made them stars on social media.

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Bear and Bull are 6-year-old mixed breed dogs that owner Carol Jordan rescued as puppies from a high-kill shelter, WAVY reported. Jordan described the pair as "sweet, lovable goofs." 

Last month, Jordan received a note in her mailbox from the mail carrier, and posted it on Facebook. The message read, “Hey, I drove up to deliver a package, and both of the dogs crawled into my truck they got into my lunch and ate an egg and some carrots and some pumpkin seeds. I don't know if that will upset their tummies, just FYI."

Jordan responded by leaving a "thank you and sorry" card along with a gift card to Subway. The card included a message from Bear and Bull: "Sorry we ate your lunch. Thank you for sharing."

People from all over the world have enjoyed hearing about the dogs' antics. Jordan has set the dogs up with their own Facebook page to capture further adventures from the mischievous duo.

Officer takes the time to pick up fallen American flag on July 4th

On the Fourth of July, a Marysville, Washington, police officer went out of his way to stop and pick up an American flag that was touching the ground. 

Resident Ben Rieman wasn’t home but said he's extremely thankful for Officer Dave Negron’s respectful gesture. 

Video, from Rieman, was shared with KIRO 7 News

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