Imagine it’s been a really long night, you’re exhausted from work, and you pop in to one of the few open restaurants. Then, after a warm meal, and with sleep in your sight, you go to pay the bill and something unexpected happens. You realize it’s been paid for.
This random act of kindness could make any exhausted or sleep-deprived adult get a little teary eyed. When it happened to a team of EMTs in Toms River, New Jersey, though, they had a little more reason to cry with gratitude.
In the (very, very) early hours of July 20, six of Toms River’s finest went to pay their IHOP bill and, instead, received a note from an anonymous customer who had paid for their meals for them. The note thanked them for what they do, and was signed by a “recovering addict.”
As first responders, Police Officers and EMTs carry the pharmaceutical drug, Narcan, with them at all times. Narcan can be administered to a patient suffering from an overdose, and can save their life by reversing the effects of the overdose, something all addicts fear.
The stranger had paid for all five meals, totaling $77. The EMTs looked around and truly had no idea who had paid the bill. So, they took to social media to spread the word, and hopefully thank whoever it was that paid for them.
The squad posted the receipt on Facebook with a note thanking the woman and mentioning that the gesture “brought [their] table to tears.” At the end of the Facebook post, they wished the stranger well as she navigated through the addiction recovery process.
There is no question that the EMT squad will “pay it forward”, simply because their work is changing and saving lives every day! Share this sweet story today.
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