Tim Young and Paul Hullings are firefighters from New Jersey that truly live for their work. After working tirelessly for 12 hours to clear out a fire, the two completely exhausted men went to a local diner around 6 am.
Liz Woodward was their waitress and she just happened to overhear them discussing the tiresome battle they had just gone through. Eventually, when the men went to pay, what they found was quite surprising. Instead being given a bill, they were handed this message.
“Your breakfast is on me today – Thank you for all that you do; for serving others & for running into the places everyone else runs away from. No matter your role, you are courageous, brave, and strong…Thank you for being bold and badass everyday! Fueled by Fire & Driven by courage – what an example you are. Get Some Rest! 🙂 Liz”
As Tim and Paul read the message, their eyes filled up with tears and they thanked the waitress for her kindness. On Facebook, Tim posted : “Such a selfless and kind act. I definitely urge my friends to make a trip out and support the business, and if Liz happens to be your waitress, tip big.”
The story doesn’t end there! The firefighters learned that Liz’s father is quadriplegic and has been paralyzed for the past 5 years. The prior winter, Liz had set up a donation page to fund a wheelchair accessible vehicle so that she could take her father places. Tim found the page and urged people on Facebook to donate to Liz’s crowd-fund : “Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help…”
Than the miracle happened: within just a few days, kind people had donated more than $70,000 – much more than the $17,000 needed for a wheelchair accessible van! Liz and her family couldn’t be more grateful to the two amazing firemen :
”All I did was pay for their breakfast. I didn’t expect anything more than a smile,” says the waitress “It goes to show that you just have to be kind to each other and that even the smallest gesture can change a life.”
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