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Firefighters And Hospital Workers Go Above And Beyond To Fulfill Man's Dying Wish

A man suffering from multiple sclerosis had been cooped up for a while in a hospice. The outdoor lover missed nature so much. Staff at the hospice employed the help of local firefighters to help grant him one last beautiful outing.

Edward Reis, 62, was having a conversation with Evergreen Health Hospice chaplain Curt Huber. When Huber asked Reis where he most felt God, Reis seemed to light up when he spoke about nature.

“I could just see his spirit kind of light up as soon as we started talking being outside, and in the forest, in particular, and I had just the thought right at that moment that, ‘Gosh, it would be good if we could get him outside,’” Huber said.

Huber spoke to nurse Leigh Gardner, who had been caring for Reis. “I was like ‘Oh, anything I can do. I want to make this happen,’” said the nurse to ABC News.

Huber placed a call to the chaplain of the local fire department, and they did make it happen. The fire department's medical unit got another department to cover their duty area for a day so they could go and get Reis. They brought the dying man for a hike on a medical gurney through a forest.

Being wheeled amid the cedars, listening to the birds, feeling the fresh air on his face - it did wonders for Reis. “He was just smiling the whole time. He was saying he was so happy,” Gardner said. “He was incredibly grateful to us.”

Reis died just days after the trip, but everyone involved feels a connection with the man and treasures the memory. “That’s a highlight of my career. I’ve been here for 25 years and that’ll stay one of the highlights,” said one of the firefighters.

Source: GMA
Photo: ABC News, Yahoo

Caretakers go above and beyond to fulfill man's dying wish.

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