Firefighters are, of course, known for protecting and watching out for the members of their community. In this particular instance, however, it was a member of the community who was watching out for some firefighters.
Independence Professional Firefighters Local 3945 is a chapter of the International Association of Firefighters and is located in Independence, Kentucky. On April 8, they uploaded a post which consisted of two pictures and a caption.
The first picture shows a firefighter standing near the checkout of a grocery store, with a smile on his face and his hands resting on a shopping cart. Inside the shopping cart are some bags, with a piece of paper on top of them. The second picture is zoomed in on the piece of paper, which turns out to be a note written on lined paper.
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"Thank you for all you do!" it reads.
"A very gracious person bought our breakfast and dinner today at the Independence Kroger," the post explaining the photos reads. "Crews had to leave their shopping cart to make an emergency run, only to return to have it already paid for with a note saying thanks," it continues.
"Thank you very much to whoever you are! There are some great people in this world!" the post concludes.
The poster did not claim to know who the anonymous charitable person was.
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Visitors to the fire station's website seemed to be overjoyed at the gesture. As of April 12, the post as a whole had garnered approximately 1,100 reactions, 195 shares, and 23 comments. On their own, each of the photos has over fifty reactions.
"I love that! So thankful for our first responders and for people who are so kind and generous!" said one Facebook commenter.
"How wonderful is that!! You are appreciated," said another.
"What a BEAUTIFUL person!" a third wrote.
Other comments praised the actions as "nice" and "awesome," with many more commenting on the generosity of the unknown individual.
This is not the first time that some firefighters' groceries have been paid for by a member of the community, nor is it the first time that it has been done at a Kroger.
Back in November of 2015, the City of Vandalia Division of Fire, located in Ohio, posted a photo of a receipt on their Facebook page. According to the accompanying caption, those firefighters had been in a similar situation to the Independence firefighters: They had been called away to an emergency while shopping.
When they returned, management told them that another customer had paid for their meal.
"Thank you for your service!" the receipt read. "All of you helped when I had a fire earlier this year! GOD BLESS!"