A Burlington County firefighter was one of the first local responders called as part of the massive response after a fire broke out in a North Brunswick, New Jersey warehouse Wednesday morning, reports abc13.com (http://abc13.co/1MOio5R)
After a long and harrowing 12 hour shift, his fellow firefighter took him out for breakfast at the Route 130 diner in Delran.
The waitress, Liz Woodard, overheard the details of his day, and to reward him for his bravery, she paid it forward and picked up their tab to thank them for all they do.
“When it came time for the bill, we flipped it over and she decided to comp it on her own,” said Tim Young, Mt. Holly Fire Department.
“I started tearing up and it made me feel good – us firefighters are wanted, people care about us,” said Paul Hullings, Hainesport Fire Department.
Young posted the note on Facebook and it spread like wildfire. So many people were touched by Woodward’s gesture.
“I know it’s been remarked as this extraordinary act. It’s small. It’s a little gesture,” said Woodard.
A $15 gesture that was even more humbling for the firefighters after they learned that Mt. Laurel woman has been trying to raise money on a a GoFundMe page to buy a wheelchair accessible van for her father Steve. He was paralyzed by a brain aneurysm five years ago.
“He needs access to the outside world. He needs to see the world outside his hospital bed,” said Woodard.
Even though she’s raised $30,000 so far, the van that her father needs may cost up to $80,000.
Now Hullings and Young want to pay it forward.
“If we have to do a fundraiser. We’ll do whatever we can to help,” said Hullings.