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    FORT WAYNE, IN (CBS/WANE) -- Four firefighters with the Fort Wayne Fire Department went to clear an elderly man's driveway and their good deed has gone viral. It all started when a neighbor snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook.

    Mr. Slack wouldn't go on camera, but he says he'll be 94 in May, and admits that clearing his driveway is getting a bit too difficult for him.

    A few weeks ago, World War II veteran Mr. Slack, was out snow blowing his driveway when he collapsed from fatigue. He was found at the end of his driveway not in great shape.

    So when neighbors saw the heavy snow, they immediately thought of him. Neighbor Heather Eracleous says, "When I woke up this morning and saw how much snow there was, my first thought actually was my neighbor, and 'Oh my gosh, how and how am I going to get over there and plow him out.'"

    A few minutes later, a familiar sight. Eracleous says, "A fire truck pulls up, and I thought oh geez he went out and did it again."

    The same fire crews that helped him then, came back to check on him today. Firefighter Russ McCurdy says, "Knew that we got a lot of snow. Knew that he was a pretty proud man, and we were out, so we thought we'd stop and help."

    Shoveling the driveway is a task that would've taken Mr. Slack over an hour to complete, but firefighters were able to do it in just around 10 minutes. Time neighbors say could've been lifesaving. Eracleous says, "He had gone out to do it. It could've ended with the Fire Department showing up in a much worse capacity."

    McCurdy says, "I'm just glad we got there, and it wasn't done yet. I'm glad that we were able to do it for him... We stopped and helped Mr. Slack because he's a veteran, and I think that's the least he deserves."

    The neighbor snapped a photo just to share the good deed with her Facebook friends. And in hours it went viral. Eracleous says, "They don't expect any kudos or pat on the back."

    But, today, she feels like they deserve to hear it. McClurdy says, "It's just what we do. We just go out and help, and if we can make someone's day better, that's all it's about."

    This story has touched a lot of lives. More than 100,000 people have seen the picture on Facebook, and it's gotten nearly 30,000 likes, some from as far away as Greece.

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