Off-duty Texas firefighter carries woman up stairs at rodeo

Photo Credit: Shayla Harwell

A photo is capturing hearts across the country.

Firefighter Thomas Harwell saw an elderly woman struggling to get down some stairs Saturday at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

After helping her to her seat, Harwell waited until the rodeo ended to make sure she was able to get out of the arena.

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That’s when his wife Shayla captured the photo.

Harwell is a senior captain with a volunteer fire department about 50 miles from Houston.

On or off the job, he said it’s in his blood to help people.

The family said the elderly woman was ‘grinning ear to ear’ after the kind gesture.