New Jersey Waitress Paid for Firefighters Meals and Got a Life Changing Gift in Response

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A New Jersey waitress is getting a lot of love and attention after she did a selfless act. The waitress paid for firefighters meals at the 130 Diner, leaving them a touching note and thanking them for their service. But what she thought was simply an act of kindness, turned into life changing blessings for her and her family.

Why the Waitress Paid for Firefighters at the 130 Diner

A fire in a North Brunswick, New Jersey warehouse had firefighters battling with the fire for hours and hours without rest or food.

That’s why, Liz Woodward, took notice of two firefighters when they entered the 130 Diner in Delran, New Jersey where she was working as a server. She had seen news about the fire and could tell the firefighters were exhausted.

And she was right; these two particular firefighters had been supplying water and working with the other firefighters to put the fire out for 12 long hours.

Tim Young, one of the firefighters who met Liz that day had posted to Facebook about that event, “After 12 hours fighting the fire and supplying water, he hadn’t ate so I took him out for breakfast to the route 130 diner in Delran.”

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Tim and his fellow firefighter, Paul, told Liz when she asked how she could help them that they’d take the “biggest” cup of coffee the diner had. And she happily served them.

Liz told ABC News that “As soon as they said that, I knew that they’d had a day!”

And when it came time for them to pay their bill, Liz had left a note, telling them that their meal was free.

The waitress paid for firefighters’ meal, and she thanked them for their service.

“Your breakfast is on me today–Thank you for all that you do; for serving others and for running into the places everyone else runs away from,” Liz’s note said. “No matter your role, you are courageous, brave and strong…Thank you for being bold and bada** everyday! Fueled by Fire and Driven by courage–what an example you are. Get some rest.”

The waitress ended her note with a smiley face and a picture she drew of a firefighters’ hat.

Check out an image of the check where the waitress paid for firefighters (Tim Young posted it to Facebook):

Tim and Paul were understandably moved by her appreciation. In response, Paul told ABC News, “Here’s this waitress who’s working a midnight shift. Who knows how much tips she actually made that night. And she’s throwing in, you know, her money for just a couple of regular guys.”

In posting the image to Facebook, they ended up learning that Liz had some struggles of her own.

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