Thanksgiving is over, which means the Christmas season has officially begun. Folks all over the country have wasted no time in getting to work, stringing up their decorations.
But those bright festive lights sometimes come at a cost.
As amateur decorators climb ladders to their roofs, accidents happen … and it’s good to know our local emergency services have our backs.
That was the case for Glenn Elvenholl, from Jefferson County, Colorado, who was hanging his lights on Friday when he suddenly took a hard fall from his ladder.
He was badly injured. Medics arrived on the scene, and Elvenholl was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg and dislocated ankle.
Elvenholl’s injury put a damper on the family’s Christmas festivities. He wouldn’t be able to fully walk any time soon, let alone finish putting up the decorations.
While the Elvenholls were at the hospital, the firefighters of the West Metro Fire Rescue stayed behind at their home. They noticed the sad sight of their half-decorated house, and realized it would be an unpleasant thing for the family to return to.
“The lights were still hanging off the house,” one firefighter recalled to KDVR. “And it’s Christmas, it was a traumatic event for the children, and they don’t need to come home from the hospital and see everything left the way it was.”
So the crew decided to take things into their own hands and finish the job:
“We decided it would be a nice thing to finish hanging up the Christmas lights.”
The firemen got to work finishing the job, ensuring that the accident wasn’t going to get in the way of the Christmas spirit.
Elvenholl’s wife arrived at home just as the men were finishing up, and was stunned when a neighbor pointed out what they were doing.
“I appreciate them so much,” she told KDVR. “Especially this time of year, with the holidays and everything, it’s so nice to see somebody go the extra mile.”
But the crew didn’t see it as “going the extra mile,” just a simple act of kindness they hoped would brighten the family’s rough day.
“It was an easy thing to do, it was the right thing to do,” one fireman told KDVR.
“It’s always nice to help someone, especially during the holidays.”
Decorations always help get people in the mood for the holidays, but these lights truly brought out the Christmas spirit.