Following their shift on Friday, July 20, six EMT decided to have breakfast together at an IHOP in Toms River, New Jersey.

The Emergency Medical Technicians racked up a $77 bill, but didn’t have to pay a dime of it because another customer took care of it for them.

Toms River Fire Aid Squad/Facebook

According to, when their waiter approached them with their bill, the EMTs were told that another customer had paid for it already.

On the back of the receipt was a note. That note read:

Thank you for all you do! Have a great day! -Recovering Addict. 

Captain Alyssa Golembeski told that because they weren’t expecting the random act of kindness, all six of them were pretty speechless:

“It was just a reminder that there is still so much good in the world. The note and paying for our breakfast…we are a boisterous bunch but that brought our table to complete silence. We were practically in tears.”

Golembeski said that the person who paid their bill left before they could thank her. When they asked the manager who the person was, they were told that she wanted to remain anonymous. 

The Toms River Fire Aid Squad then decided to post a photo of the note on their Facebook page to extend a public thank you in hopes that the kind stranger may see it.

They wrote:

To the woman who paid our tab today at IHOP, thank you so much for paying for our breakfast. This gift was amazingly thoughtful, and brought our table of tired EMTs to tears. We are so blessed to be able to serve you and everyone else who lives and works in the greater Toms River area. Good luck on your journey of recovery!

Of the incident, Golembeski told

“Even though it may not have been my crew or my EMTs that were there when she was an active addict, she still took the time to do that for us. I really want her to know how grateful we all are to her and how much we hope she continues on her road to recovery.”

It is not known if or how first responders assisted the anonymous woman in her recovery, but it brings light to the fact that first responders are helping those who are struggling with addiction every day.

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