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Teen Sets Out to Mow Lawns of 50 Veterans for Free in Honor of Late Grandfather: 'He Taught Me'

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Most people see mowing the lawn as an annoying chore that has to be completed. For 14-year-old Nathan Adams of Buffalo, New York, mowing lawns is his mission.

When he was younger, Nathan learned how to mow the lawn thanks to coaching from his grandpa, Frederick Adams.

“He taught me when I was old enough to push a mower — how to start it and how to make the grass look good,” Nathan said, according to WITI-TV.

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Frederick, an Army veteran and volunteer firefighter, passed away in February at age 72 — but he’s left a lasting impression on Nathan and has shaped the young man’s skill and character.



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In May, Nathan decided to start up a lawn-mowing business after being unable to find any place that would hire a 14-year-old. He soon made enough money to buy equipment so he could continue working in his neighborhood.

He has a special deal for veterans: The first cut is free, and subsequent cuts are offered at a reduced rate.

“My grandfather passed in February, and I thought that maybe in his honor since I had my own business, I could cut lawns for veterans for free,” he told Fox News.

Within two weeks, his lawnmower had broken down. According to Nathan’s mom, Angel, one neighbor who worked at Lowe’s was impressed with Nathan and was able to convince Lowe’s to donate a “Cadillac of mowers” to the young man, who’s become known as “The Lawn Kid.”

And he has a new goal: He wants to mow 50 yards, free, for veterans. So far he’s finished six and has 20 more already on deck.

Many have commended Nathan for his goal, and he’s taken the opportunity to encourage others to get out and make a difference.

“I need to … let everyone know that there are ways to help your community in your own way, and you should take every advantage to help your community if you can,” he said.

Angel admitted their lives are not always easy, but she’s proud of her boy.

“He is like a typical teenager, and he will bring us to the brink of insanity,” she said. “But he has a good heart and he also has ADHD and autism. He’s on the low end of the spectrum, and he doesn’t let that slow him down.”



“It makes me so very proud to see him doing something in my dad’s honor …  I think my dad is looking down on Nathan … with so much pride because my dad was a fighter and as a veteran, he taught myself, my sister and the grandkids that we should always be thankful to our veterans because they’re the reason why we get to be free and make decisions.

“There’s always a way to put good into the world when it seems like there’s so much bad going on.”

And though Frederick isn’t around to encourage Nathan anymore, Nathan has a pretty good idea of what his grandpa would say to him if he could see him now: “I think his exact words would be like ‘I’m proud of you bud.'”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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