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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - In a random act of kindness a complete stranger, who recently graduated from nursing school, saved the life of an 81-year-old Korean War veteran.

Brooke Hunter said it was fate that she was in the right place at the right time to help Bobby Parkey, who seriously injured his fingers while cutting up dead trees with a chainsaw.

Parkey said it was no big deal but that's not what the nurse, who by chance met him in line at a bank, thought.

Parkey lives alone and was working in his front yard over the weekend when the accident happened.

"I was cutting a piece of wood and I lost my balance," he said. "I fell over but what saved me is I turned it off right before I fell."

He suffered a concussion after hitting his head on the concrete and actually severed two of his fingers nearly down to the bone. Parkey was unconscious until a neighbor found him and bandaged him up. He thought he was fine and went on with his life.

While in line at the bank a couple days later he met Hunter, who noticed something wasn't right.

"I was thinking of my grandpa, something he would do," Hunter said. "He said, 'I'm fine, it's okay.' I'm sitting here looking at him, you nearly cut your fingers off."

Hunter grabbed the bank's first aid kit and went into action. She drove him immediately to the VA Medical Center, where he is a patient. Parkey got a tetanus shot and some antibiotics. He said the accident is just one of those things that happens.

"I go down there and I'm somebody, people say thank you for your service," he said. "It makes me feel good."

Hunter waited the entire time to make sure he was okay. Both are now keeping in touch after his accident.

"I'm just happy he's got someone to talk to now," Hunter said. "He seemed so lonely. Just the sweetest thing, so grateful."

Hunter, who graduated from nursing school just this month, now has a passion for the VA hospital and wants to work there.
She's making sure he takes his meds and stays away from saws.

And he's happy to have a new friend.

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