Nashville paramedics pass out sleeping bags to those in need

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NASHVILLE, TN. (WKRN) – Some paramedics with the Nashville Fire Department spend their days serving the community in more ways than you may know.

Paramedic David Hagblom has witnessed first-hand the dangers of the weather on those who don’t have a place to call home. So, he decided to try and do his part to help those in need.

“We give out water during the summers and we give out sleeping bags all winter,” Hagblom told News 2.

While he’s prepared for the first freeze of the season, he worries some of the homeless are not.

“A lot of them are going to be unprepared. This is going to be a quick cold snap for them. It’s going into the 20s,” Hagblom explained.

A few years ago, Hagblom started buying sleeping bags with his own money to help those that he often saw struggling while on duty.

“When we find the needy– whether they are in an alley or along the river– and it’s late at night and they are out in the freezing cold, we give out sleeping bags to them.”

His colleague Mike Doss saw the potential to turn his good will into a bigger mission.

“It’s not sanctioned by the fire department. We just happen to work here and we are just in a position to help a lot of people,” Doss explained.

On Saturday, they stocked up on their first batch of sleeping bags for the winter.

“I gave three out on my way in this evening and I’ve got another 17 to give out in the next couple of days, and we will probably give at least 100 out this winter,” said Hagblom.

They hope their warm gesture will help save lives this winter.

For more information on their efforts, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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