California Woman Anonymously Pays Restaurant Bill For Firefighters Battling Wildfires

"We are all honored to serve the citizens of our communities."

A California woman's anonymous act of generosity towards a group of firefighters working hard to extinguish a 70-acre blaze in southern California is making its way around the Internet, and people can't get enough.


According to a Facebook post from the City of Colton Fire Department (which is located in SoCal) approximately 25 firefighters went to a nearby Denny's on July 8 to grab a bite to eat after putting out the La Cadena Fire in La Loma Hills, just west of Interstate 215. Once inside, the post says the woman (who remains anonymous) paid for dinner for the entire group. She also left a $50 tip for the waitstaff and purchased an additional $100 worth of dessert for subsequent crews that were expected to pass through.


"On behalf of all of the firefighters that worked on the La Cadena Fire from San Bernardino County Fire, Cal Fire, Redlands, Colton, Loma Linda, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Manuel, Montclair, Apple Valley, Chino Valley, Upland, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Aviation, and Colton PD, we thank you for your generous show of support," the firefighters wrote as a way of expressing their gratitude. "We are all honored to serve the citizens of our communities."

According to HuffPost, it took more than 100 crew members from various local fire departments nearly five and a half hours to get the fire under control.

The post, above, includes a picture of the final bill (which totalled more than $400) and several snapshots of the firefighters at work extinguishing the blaze. It has been liked upwards of 7,000 times and has generated hundreds of comments, a few of which you can read below:

Colton Fire Department spokesman Capt. Tom DeBellis told The San Bernardino County Sun that gestures of support from the community are not unusual, but always appreciated. "It happens all the time," he explained, noting it's more common when firefighters are battling bigger fires. "People just anonymously donate money to cover the bill. They want to do what they can to help. In a small community like Colton it happens quite frequently."

This anonymous woman's act of kindness not unlike the generosity and consideration many Londoners showed to their own firefighters while they were working to extinguish the Grenfell Tower blaze last month that killed dozens. "Respect to the brave firefighters from the London Fire Brigade who risked their lives to save people at #GrenfellTower," one man commented at the time.


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