Medics surprise girl with birthday gifts after house fire

The girl's mother was unable to bring the cupcakes she had promised; two paramedics bought cupcakes and toys for the girl


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Paramedics in New York gave a 5-year-old girl a birthday surprise after learning her house had been damaged in a fire.

DemocratandChronicle.com reported paramedics Katie Kates and Larry Onderdonk, with Rural/Metro Medical Services, were at the scene of the fire when they overheard the girl's mother, Shareta Parker, explaining to a school why she couldn't show up with birthday cupcakes for her daughter Tedra.

"Here is this sweet woman who has lost all of her material possessions and it's not, 'What am I going to do now?'" Onderdonk said. "It's more, 'I can't disappoint my daughter.'"

Onderdonk and Kates purchased cupcakes, juice, a teddy bear and a doll to present Tedra with at her school.

"Seeing her face was priceless,'' Kates said

Parker said she was grateful for the paramedics and their gifts.

"They totally blew my mind, I was in awe. You don't hear about things like that happening every day," Parker said. 

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