Johnstown, PA

Pennsylvania man cuts overgrown lawns to improve community, suffers stroke from heat

Kristen Walters

A Pennsylvania man who has taken it upon himself to cut overgrown lawns in his community with a push mower recently suffered a stroke from the heat. But that's not stopping him from continuing his mission.

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We can all agree that overgrown grass and weeds diminish a community's appearance and perceived value.

But, while most people would simply complain about the unsightly grass, one man has made it his mission to take action and do something about it.

52-year-old Ed Davis has lived in Johnstown his entire life. But a few years ago, he noticed a lot of vacant lots around town that were overgrown with grass and weeds.

So instead of waiting for someone else to take care of the problem, Davis decided to take matters into his own hands.

He bought himself a pre-owned push mower and started mowing vacant lots around town to keep Johnstown looking beautiful.

Currently, Davis can be found in the community mowing lawns almost daily. The kicker is that he doesn't get paid for his work.

Davis said he is motivated by a sense of pride in his community. He wants Johnstown to look nice again like it did when he was growing up.

Unfortunately, earlier this month, Davis reported that he suffered a stroke while he was out cutting grass because of the summer heat. But after taking just a few days off to rest and recover, Davis is back out mowing, even though his speech is now impaired.

We're impressed and humbled by Davis' generous service to the community. It's not every day that you come across people like him who are putting in a lot of effort to improve the quality of life for all of us.

We wish him the best as he recovers.

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