After this waitress gave a free meal to two tired firefighters, she finds her kindness rewarded in spades Facebook/Tim Young

A New Jersey waitress picked up the check for two firefighters after they had spent their night putting out a warehouse fire, and the firefighters stepped up to return the favor in a huge way. reports Liz Woodward was talking to the firefighters about the blaze they had spent their night putting out when she waited on them early Thursday morning. She said she had seen the fire on the news.

“This was their first meal in over 24 hours; the least I could do was buy it for them for all they do every day,” Woodward said.

Instead of a bill, the firefighters got a note.

“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,” read the note. “Thank you for being bold and badass everyday! Fueled by fire and driven by courage — what an example you are. Get some rest.”

The pair was so moved that Young posted the note to Facebook as soon as he got home, urging friends to eat at her diner and tip her well.

Then Young and Hullings found out she was trying to raise money to get her quadriplegic dad an accessible van. The pair put her crowdfunding campaign on full blast, raising $67,000 to get that van, far surpassing the original $17,000 goal.

“People from all over the world have heard our story, and from it, they’re recognizing opportunities to do something little or big for someone else,” Woodward said.

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