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Firemen repay Waitress Good Deed

One act of kindness led to another in New Jersey when a waitress’ decision to pay for some firefighters’ breakfast prompted strangers to help her.

Two firefighters stopped in a diner after an overnight shift containing a warehouse fire earlier this week and had breakfast at the Route 130 Diner in Delran, according to ABC News affiliate WPVI.

A waitress, Liz Woodward, overheard the firefighters, Tim Young and and Paul Higgins, talking about the fire. That’s when she decided to pay them back for their efforts, according to WPVI.

Paul Hullings is a firefighter who went into a diner after fighting a fire one night recently.  The waitress, Liz Woodward heard their story about the fire and when she gave them the check she had written a note on the back of the check — complete with drawn fireman’s helmet and ax. So touched the firefighters then shared a photo of the check, along with a call for his friends to visit the diner, and to “tip big” if they ever had Woodward as a waitress. He didn’t stop there. He wrote another post highlighting a GoFundMe campaign that Woodward had started in December to pay for a wheelchair accessible van for her father. ”Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help…” Young wrote. Since then, Young and 185 other people — mostly strangers who had heard about her decision to pay for the firefighters’ meal — have donated. The GoFundMe page was originally hoping to raise $17,000 — and has now collected more than $38,000. (UPDATE- as of Saturday 8/15 it is up to $73,000).   Woodward posted a lengthy message on her own Facebook account, praising the work of firefighters and asking others to pay it forward.  ”Look for those opportunities because they are everywhere. You can make a difference — it doesn’t always have to be an elaborate production or effort- it’s always the little things that have the greatest impact,” she wrote. A small act of kindness turns into another.  How amazing.

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Boy helps firefighters find him

A 13-year-old Maryland boy impeccably directed firefighters through his burning home to the room where he and sister were Sunday morning, ultimately saving their lives.Throughout the 11-minute call, Marcus can be heard leading firefighters to his location and bravely calming his little sister down. Marcus, 13, immediately called authorities when he saw smoke inside his home.He told the 911 dispatcher he was at home with his big brother, mother, step-father and 9-year-old little sister. At one point, the sister says “We’re going to die!” and Marcus responds “Stop! Please don’t say that!” The 13-year-old  boy remained calm, taking direction from the dispatcher all while checking on his family during a fire at his family home. The teen then flawlessly explained how firefighters could find him. The 911 dispatcher worked with the boy to keep his sister calm as firefighters worked hard to get to the family.  When firefighters arrived, they broke the wrong window to rescue the children, but Marcus quickly corrected the situation. One firefighter, 25-year-old Lt. Kevin Ward, got to the scene and immediately went upstairs to rescue Marcus when he felt his little sister tugging at his leg. Lt. Ward immediately took his air mask off and put it on the 9-year-old, ABC News said. The two siblings were treated for smoke inhalation at a nearby children’s hospital. Their mother, step-dad and brother were also taken to a nearby hospital but weren’t seriously injured. What amazing young man to save his family.  Way to go Marcus.

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Family at the Firehouse

This story is about engine company #1 from Lansing Michigan.  This story is not about fighting fires.  This story is about family.  Tony has been coming to the firehouse since he was 13.  He doesn’t live there and he doesn’t work there but he is there for everything else.  He came to the firehouse when he was young and asked to stay.  Now everyone in the firehouse thinks of Tony as family.  They take care of him just like he belongs there.  They do his laundry, cook for him, even help bathe him.  He is truly family to them.   They all love Tony and he loves them.  They tell him that he will always have a place there at the firehouse.  This is how we should treat our family but isn’t amazing that men have taken in this an and made him “family”.   These firemen are so inspiring.  What a great group of people.

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Firefighters Teaches CPR in a Fun Way

This is a fun video with a purpose.  Thanks to the Chattanooga firefighters graduating class of 2013 for putting together this educational but yet fun video on how to do CPR.  These real life firefighters who took their personal time to create a video to help those of us who may find themselves in a position where they need to use this life saving procedure.  By making it fun and memorable you may be able to do something to save a life until professional help can arrive.  If you have the time continue to watch as they start to go through the credits at the end (this video is a little longer than most of our videos) as they still provide important information that will help you if you find yourself in an emergency situation.  When you learn something with this kind of fun, you will remember it.  What a great idea to educate the public with this type of  information.  Take the time to share this video not only for the fun of it but for the information it provides. Do your family a favor and share this information.

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Firefighters Get Creative to Save Little Girl

Firefighters are some of our greatest heroes. They do some things that most of us would never dream of doing.  Firefighters are the people who are running IN to places that everyone else is running OUT of.  Today’s post was sent to us by Tami C.  We want to thank her…and so many others of you who keep sending us great ideas for future posts.  They are GREAT.  PLEASE keep them coming!!  Today’s post is about firefighters and another rescue that they performed.  But, this one is a little bit different than the “regular” firefighter rescue story.  These firefighters saved a little girl (or at least calmed her down enough so that she could be saved) by SINGING to her. When the firefighters in Reading, Massachusetts got to an elevator where a mother and her 4 year old daughter (Kaelyn Kerr) and little baby son were all trapped inside, they found that little Kaelyn was very scared and emotional.  One of the firefighters talked to her.  In his attempts to calm her down, he found out that she loved the movie Frozen.  So, he and his fellow firefighters began signing “Let It Go” from the movie to her and it calmed her down enough for them to be able to help her and her mother and baby brother get out to safety.  What a sweet story of creative work on the part of these heroes.

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Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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