NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — After a homeowner got hurt while decorating his house for Christmas, Norfolk firefighters finished the job.

Bruce Reilly climbed his ladder to decorate the windows at his home on West Princess Anne Road for Christmas on Monday, Dec. 3 when the ladder slipped on the wet bricks causing Bruce to fall to the ground.

In the fall, Bruce broke his heel, causing the bone to go through the skin, injured his elbow and injured his hands. He had to go in for at least two surgeries.

The fire department responded to the 9-1-1 call that was placed and after Captain Matthews's team from Station 7 took Bruce to Norfolk General, they returned to his house to finish decorating the windows.

"We were talking about it at the fire station, and maybe take a little bit off her shoulders, said Captain Matthews. "I don't think we're helping out just one person here. We're representatives of the city of Norfolk, Norfolk Fire Rescue. We're one station of many stations in this city, and all of the other crews in the city would do the same thing."

When his wife Betsy returned home and saw the fire truck there, she thought she had left the door opened, but then a neighbor told her what they had come back to do.

"It brings tears to our eyes. I mean we were just welled up when our neighbors told us what they were doing," said Bruce's wife, Betsy Reilly. "What a great bunch of guys and I can't say enough about how Norfolk should be really proud to have these folks in our community."

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