PEABODY, MASS. >> A group of Massachusetts firefighters is earning high praise for mowing the lawn of an ailing World War II veteran who was more concerned about his landscaping than his own health.

Paul Costas was about to cut the grass at his Peabody home on Wednesday when he decided that he needed an ambulance. Costas joked with responding EMTs and wondered aloud who was going to mow his lawn.

Barbara Copp, Costas' daughter and next-door neighbor, tells The Salem News ( ) that she returned from the hospital to find three Peabody firefighters mowing her father's lawn.

Costas is said to be recovering. His medical issue was undisclosed.

Copp says the firefighters were "magnificent" and she's never moving out of Peabody.

Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News,