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Waitress gets $70,000 after paying breakfast for firefighters

By Mason White 5:39 PM August 23, 2015
Liz Woodward, the firefighter and her family 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A waitress thought that she was being nice by paying the meals for 2 firefighters, but in the end, she was rewarded with $70,000.

Paul Hullings and Tim Young, are firefighters in New Jersey.

They recently worked tirelessly for 12 hours, to fight a fire. One day, they went to get a coffee at 6:00 a.m.

The men asked the waitress for a strong cup of coffee at the Route 130 diner in Delran. Waitress Liz Woodward, who was on night shift, overheard the two firefighters discussing the difficult job they had battling the blaze.

When Young and Hullings went to pay their $15 tab, they were greeted with a pleasant surprise.

Instead of their bill, they were given a note with this message: “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. No matter your role, you are courageous, brave and strong. Thank you for being bold everyday! Fueled by fire and driven by courage, what an example you are. Get some rest.”

They thanked the waitress for their warm gesture. On Facebook, Young urge his friends to take a trip to the establishment to support the company. “If Liz happens to be your waitress, tip big,” he wrote.

The firefighters soon learned that Liz’s father, Steve, is a quadriplegic and has been paralyzed for five years.

Liz created a donation page months ago to buy a wheelchair accessible vehicle so she can take her father out.

After the story went viral, people donated to her fund.
Within days, it collected more than $70,000 in donations, far more than the $17,000 needed for an accessible wheelchair van.

Liz and her family could not be more grateful to the two firefighters.

“All I did was pay for their breakfast, I was not expecting anything more than a smile,” said the waitress. “It goes to show that you just need to be kind to one another.”