Firefighters in California were filling up their cart at a Vacaville Costco in anticipation of a department Memorial Day cookout when their pagers went off. The dedicated local heroes left their streaks and other goodies in their cart and ran out of the store to answer the 911 call. What happened when they returned to once again garner the needed groceries will warm your heart.
The firefighters, clad in camo shirts emblazoned with an American flag had caught the attention of a military wife before rushing off to fulfill their duty. The woman generously footed the $125.25 bill for the steak, corn, and watermelon the first responders had abruptly left in their cart.
The Vacaville Firefighters Association posted this message on their Facebook page after the return visit to Costco:
“While one of our crews was shopping at Costco, wearing our camouflage shirts to honor the military, they received a 911 call and had to leave their cart of food and run out to the engine. After returning to the store to pay, a military wife paid for the entire cart and left this note. Whoever did this, we are forever grateful and our kind gesture will not be forgotten.”
The note on the firefighter’s Costco receipt simply said, “Firefighters, thanks for being there for us! Have a good week. :) From Airforce Wife.” Vacaville Battalion Chief Jeff Ryder told KTVU-TV News that the firefighters hope that the military wife responsible for the kind gesture drops by the department so they can thank her.
Chief Ryder also added:
“Later that day, the crew was at Lucky’s. There was an older couple behind them buying flowers that appeared to be for Memorial Day, and the crew took some of that money [which would have been for the cookout] and bought the flowers for them.”
In another paying it forward act, the firefighters cooked a dinner for a World War II vet the following day.The Wednesday after Memorial Day the firefighters hosted an already scheduled fundraiser dinner and decided to send half of the proceeds to Travis Air Force Base’s Fisher House.
The Travis Fisher House is one of 54 “homes away from home” constructed on military bases with medical centers around the country. The homes were built by philanthropists Elizabeth and Zachery Fisher. The couple wanted to provide a place where military families could stay at no cost when their loved one is hospitalized.
[Images Via: Vacaville Firefighters Association Facebook Page]