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LITTLETON, Colo. – A family is thankful a professional pooper scooper was working at the house next door after their elderly father fell when his caregiver was away.

Carol Clouse said she left her 96-year-old father at home Wednesday around noon when she needed to run to the grocery store. Before she left, Clouse asked him not to leave the house. But the man decided to go to the backyard to fix a sprinkler. He fell down and severely cut himself while Clouse was away.

Gary Cox was scooping dog poop at the home next door when he noticed the man on the ground. He ran over, jumped the fence and pulled the man off the ground. Cox said he used his own undershirt as a tourniquet to stop the man's bleeding, then called 911 and waited for paramedics to arrive.

"I got trained by the U.S. military in Hawaii for security," Cox said. "I've always had it and I just felt that if it was my grandpa I'd want somebody to do the same thing."

"The pooper scooper gentleman happened to be there at the right time at the right place," Clouse said. "We're so thankful that he found dad because if I had been on my way home he would have had to lay here for another 10 to 20 minutes."

The 96-year-old man asked not to be identified. Clouse said he got about 30 stitches at the hospital, but is already up walking around. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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