The job of a firefighter entails much more than one might expect, as crews also provide medical assistance to those who need it. Douglas Marks was one of those individuals, with his wife Maxine calling the DeKalb County station numerous times to help her ailing husband. However, on one such trip to the Marks’ home in July 2014, the firefighters learned his surprising life story.
Residents of Decatur, Georgia, Douglas and Maxine lived in a house that required some urgent repairs, mirroring the former’s poor health at that time in the summer of 2014. The 82-year-old had suffered a number of strokes, and had also been diagnosed with dementia and emphysema. As a result, his wife made frequent calls to the local fire station.