Texas firefighter carries elderly woman up stairs after she struggled to walk

Texas firefighter carries elderly woman up stairs after she struggled to walk
Harwell is a senior captain with the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department which is about 50 miles from Houston. (Source: SHAYLA HARWELL/CNN)

TEXAS (CNN) - A photo circulating on social media showing an act of kindness 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.

That's when his wife Shayla captured the photo.

"She was having a rough time," Shayla Harwell told CNN Sunday night. "I nudged my husband and told him that they may need help."

Y'all I have to brag on my husband big time tonight! He made me Soo proud. As we were sitting in our seats waiting for...

Posted by Shayla Harwell on Saturday, March 16, 2019

The photo has been shared more than 2000 times on Facebook.

Harwell is a senior captain with the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department which is about 50 miles from Houston.

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

"I helped her downstairs, and I wasn't going to leave until I helped her upstairs," Harwell said.

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

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