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Surveillance camera catches firefighters performing acts of kindness


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Idaho Falls Fire Department firefighters are seen on camera shoveling snow for strangers. | Courtesy Eric Nelson

IDAHO FALLS — A surveillance camera on an Idaho Falls home captured firefighters performing acts of kindness last Thursday.

The video shows an Idaho Falls ambulance parked on the street with several firefighters shoveling snow off driveways and sidewalks. One resident was amazed at what he witnessed and sent the footage to

“I actually thought my wife was the one that did it and she thought I did it,” Eric Nelson says. “We didn’t realize until I thanked her for it later that night and she said she thought it was me. Totally surprised.”

Idaho Falls Fire Department spokeswoman Kerry Hammon says she had no idea that firefighters with the department completed this random act of service but isn’t surprised.

“They are always doing stuff like that,” Hammon says.

Nelson said he’s thankful the firefighters, who already perform an important job in the community, would take the time to serve him.

“Taking that little stress off of myself and wife was so kind,” Nelson said.