Photo of off-duty firefighter carrying woman up stairs at Houston rodeo going viral

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HOUSTON, TX (WCMH/CNN) — This photo 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 waiting 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. 

It has been shared more than 2,000 times on Facebook. 

Harwell is a senior captain with a volunteer fire department about 50 miles from Houston.  

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

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

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