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KAUFMAN -- Twenty years ago Greg Doster died on a Texas roadway, but a firefighter restarted his heart.

'They had to put the paddles to me on the side of the road,' said Doster from his Art Studio at his Kaufman home.

This happened after a young driver crossed the center line, hitting Doster and his wife head-on. The driver who hit them died.

It was a volunteer firefighter that saved Doster'slife, and two decades later he has finally found a way to say thank you.

Doster has presented 15 of his own paintings to volunteer fire departments across the state. Most recently he showed a painting called 'Fireman's Touch' to Kaufman. It depicts a fireman comforting a young girl at the scene of a fire.

'Once he got to talking about the accident and where it occurred and everything, then I knew and put two and two together,' said Kaufman Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Davis.

During the presentation, Davis realized he was among the first to respond to the call two decades ago.

Firefighters in Kaufman were so touched by the gesture, they wanted to pay it forward.In one hour they got the cash together to reproduce the painting, andTuesdaytheywill present it to the West Volunteer Fire Department.

'I just want to make sure that they know that they are not alone and that people are always there and that nobody will ever forget,' explained Assistant Chief Davis.

Doster says he realizes his gesture is small compared to the daily sacrifice.

'That's kind of what the fireman do. They get on the levels of the community, the girl's afraid, she reaches out her hand, and she reaches her hand to touch - and that becomes the fireman's touch.'

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