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Anonymous customer pays bill for Iowa medic crew

Returning from a memorial service for three of their fallen colleagues, they stopped at an Applebee's for dinner

By Dorrine Mendoza

MASON CITY, Iowa — At the start of the evening dinner rush on January 10, a group of 13 is seated at an Applebee's in Mason City, Iowa. Their waitress is new. She is nervous. She has never served a big group before but after a little reassurance she is ready.

The napkin left behind by an anonymous customer who paid for the medics' meals

Full story: Anonymous customer pays bill for Iowa medic crew

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Kevin Crowe Kevin Crowe Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:14:50 PM AWESOME
Erin Curcio Erin Curcio Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:16:16 PM So sweet. Its things like this that help us know what we do every day is worth it!
Pam Lee Jones Pam Lee Jones Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:51:42 PM There is good people in this world. I'm an ER nurse and it makes all the crappy nights worth it when someone acknowledges your effort.
Donna Graham Hammond Donna Graham Hammond Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:38:55 PM How sweet, there are good people, but what a great thank you! Prayers...
Frank Cantone Frank Cantone Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:28:37 PM What bullshit, we have a thank less job and it takes a copter to crash for people to recognize us. Even our supervisors treat us like crap.
Russell Eaton Russell Eaton Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:45:04 PM I have been in the fire service for almost 35 years and I have never seen any thing like this, At times it seems like it is a thankless job but when you read about something like this it makes you feel good like there is some folks do care. I had to give up the fire service a little early for health reasons or I would be still doing it if nothing else it makes you feel good inside knowing you help people when they was in need. I realy do miss it alot.
Bill O'Brien Bill O'Brien Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:31:54 AM One must ask, did we get in this profession to be constantly thanked? If so, then we have picked the wrong one. Personally, I take satisfaction in not only helping others but in a job well done. Do you thank your sanitation worker, the highway worker or dare I say it, a teacher? This random act of kindness is not BS. Clearly the person who paid this bill felt the need to do something to show appreciation and respect. I am inspired by this and will look for my own opportunity to pay it forward. Our Jewish brethren use the term Mitzvah which loosely interpreted means "to express an act of human kindness". It is an amazing concept that I wish more embrace. As a fellow flight crew member I know that it is a sobering fact that when there is a tragic event in the air medical sevice, it is always dramatic. Lets take the time to remember the many other EMTs and paramedics who have lost their lives during the performance of their duties. And lastly be safe at all times.
Melinda Teaster Williams Melinda Teaster Williams Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:20:08 AM I have had this happen before, and it seemed to be after 2 really bad /hard calls that made you wonder why you even do this job. I come from a small town work for a rural EMS service, but one of the times I had a meal purchased for me I was not even in my county of even the same state just grabbing a meal after an out of county Transport, We had a couple come up and tell us that they wanted to buy our meal for all we do, I explained to him that was very nice but we are not really from this area then women touched me on the shoulder and neither are we but we know how hard you folks work and just wanted say thank you. Not that this is what this job is about at all, but sometimes its nice to know that what we do matters to the public.
Dale Kerr Dale Kerr Saturday, March 02, 2013 9:26:21 PM I can understand what kind of work these people do after they saved my life as well.I was crushed by a drunk driver along skullfork rd in eastern guernsey county on july 20th 2007 and was life flighted to ohio state univasty hospital, they have a little mini hospital inside of them helocopters and they took excellent care of me.I know what its like to be life flighted, and the work they do to save lives, I want to thank all life meds for the work they do, the lives they save, and the support they deserve, Thank you all for your help, I still cannot walk was crushed and left to die with 64 broken bones, and if not for the life flight I would have died...God Bless you all, Thank you...

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