Recovering Addict Pays Tab At IHOP For EMTs

July 24, 2018

A group of EMTs from the Toms River First Aid Squad in New Jersey received a heartwarming surprise when they discovered their bill at IHOP had been paid in full by a stranger.

recovering addict pays tab for EMTs at ihop
Credit: Toms River First Aid Squad

The diner who paid for their meal remains a mystery, so the team shared a photo of the note on Facebook as a way to thank her.

"To the woman who paid our tab today at IHOP, thank you so much for paying for our breakfast," Toms River First Aid Squad wrote on Facebook. "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!"

Captain Alyssa Golembeski told NJ.com, "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 and that brought our table to complete silence. We were practically in tears."

Golembeski said her crew went to the restaurant for their weekly breakfast together after an overnight shift.

The bill for the six squad members was $77.

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