First aid responders are often quite literally the difference between life and death, a fact one anonymous woman knows quite well. Having battled addiction herself, she recently decided to thank a group of New Jersey EMTs with a gesture that wound up moving them to tears.
The six volunteer EMTs were having breakfast at an IHOP in Toms River, New Jersey, the morning of Friday, July 20, when the restaurant’s manager stopped by their table. He informed them that the woman, a complete stranger, had paid their bill.
A note had been left on the back of their receipt: “Paid, thank you for all you do! Have a great day!” it read. The woman identified herself only as “Recovering Addict.”
“We were all a little fried after Thursday night, and so Friday morning, getting that thank you note, it was the nicest thing anyone could have done for us,” Alyssa Golembeski, captain of the Toms River First Aid Squad, told CNN.