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Bradley Collins has an elderly neighbor who cannot care for himself.

“The Hendersonville Fire Department has been there regularly to pick him up,” Collins, who lives in the 800 block of First Avenue West, told the Hendersonville City Council during its public comment period. The last time a fire crew responded, “Lt. Jared Morgan saw that he had no food. Engine 1 went over to the Hot Dog World and bought him a big meal.”

The elderly neighbor asked Collins if he could thank the firefighters.

“For him to look at me with cry in his eyes and say, ‘Tell those boys at the fire department because I can’t,’” was not a request he could refuse. In fact, Collins told the council that he felt the city leaders and the public should know about the actions of Lt. Morgan and his crew.

“They responded to a call and seeing the need, they didn’t want him to go hungry so they spent their own money to buy him a meal,” Fire Chief Joe Vindigni said. “One thing we really stress is customer service and our guys and girls always go beyond in customer service. They did the right thing and I’m proud of them.”