A photo of a firefighter carrying an elderly woman up the stairs at a country concert is going viral and people are applauding it

Shayla Harwell/ FacebookThomas Harwell helping an elderly woman at a country music concert.
  • Thomas Harwell, a firefighter in Houston, is going viral for carrying an elderly woman up the stadium steps at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
  • His wife posted the picture of Harwell carrying the woman, and it has gone viral.
  • “My job is to help people,” he said in an interview.

Firefighters are no strangers to selfless acts, but one Houston firefighter went above and beyond when he was off duty.

While attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – which featured country’s biggest musicians – last weekend with his wife and children, firefighter Thomas Harwell helped an elderly woman down the steps to her seat. But at the end of the show, he realised the woman was struggling to get back up the steps, so Harwell carried her.

“I helped her downstairs, and I wasn’t going to leave until I helped her upstairs,” Harwell told CNN.

In a Facebook post, Harwell’s wife, Shayla, posted a picture of her husband carrying the woman and it has gone viral, with over 16,000 likes and over 4,000 comments.

Facebook users applauded Harwell for his senseless act, one commenting, “Thank you for your random act of kindness. Your reward will be plentiful.” Another person wrote, “Truly an amazing and empathetic person. You both are wonderful for seeing, feeling, and sharing the love.”

Harwell is no stranger to being helpful, however. He has been a firefighter for 15 years just outside of Houston.

“I’m a senior captain in the fire department. My job is to help people,” he told CNN. “If you’re alive and breathing, you shouldn’t need an excuse to help someone else. If they need help, help them.”

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