Kind Stranger Pays For Fire Department's Groceries
It was the first time they received such a generous thank you gift.
Firefighters don't get into the job because they're looking to be recognized. They serve the community because, well, it's just what they do.
That's why, when a kind stranger picked up the tab for an Indiana crew's groceries last week, they were pleasantly surprised.
The Station 392 crew from the Fishers Fire Department had been shopping for supplies at a Kroger supermarket when they got an emergency call. So, they left the cart that was filled with enough groceries for eight people and rushed to answer the call.
When the firefighters returned later that day to buy the groceries, one of the store's employees let them know a member of the community had paid the tab, and the store had placed the food in a cooler until they came back to pick it up.
“We don't always expect a 'thank you', we don't ask for it. We just do it," Lt. Duane Reddick told WIBC. “But it was very heartwarming that somebody saw us leave and [paid for our groceries]."
According to the department, this was the first time someone in the community paid for their groceries to thank them for their service.
The department later shared a Facebook post acknowledging the Good Samaritan's kind gesture:
The post was shared hundreds of times and earned over 4,000 likes in less than 12 hours.
Capt. John Mehling, a spokesperson for the fire department, said he hopes the story will inspire more acts of kindness in the community.
“You don't have to do this only for firefighters or police officers," Mehling told WIBC. “Make it a part of your daily event. Just do something a little extra for whoever, whether it's opening a door, making sure you say 'thank you' or bringing your kids up to be a positive part of that community. Those things are really important. I think [what happened at Kroger] is just one example of what we can do for each other."
Now that's a message we here at Sparkt can definitely get behind. Kudos to the kind stranger who took the initiative to #StartSomethingGood!