A hard-working paramedic says one man’s act of kindness as she shopped at her local Coles has left her feeling “humbled”.
The woman, from Wattle Grove, south-west of Sydney, was grocery shopping on Monday after finishing work when a “thoughtful gentleman” offered to pay for all the items in her basket as a token of appreciation for her work on NSW Ambulance Appreciation Day.
“Despite my reluctance and awkwardness, this man insisted that he would like to make this gesture,” she recounted on Facebook.
“Thank you again, I really am very humbled.”
The paramedic said she would add the $15.70 she would have spent on the groceries to the Tea Fund at work to share the appreciation with her colleagues.
In her post, the woman included a picture of some of her co-workers pushing an ambulance into the Fairfield Workshop.
She explained that the vehicle was not broken but had been accidentally filled with the wrong fuel by a “very tired paramedic”.
“This picture shows some of the local NSWA mechanics who keep the wheels of these ambulances turning, who rarely receive recognition,” she said.
“These boys stayed late on Friday arvo to ensure it was back on the road in time.”
Several Facebook commenters chimed in, thanking the woman and other emergency services for their “wonderful work”.
“Such a wonderful story. And a very beautiful gesture you are now paying forward. Big thanks to all the paramedics,” one woman wrote.
“Fabulous gesture – thanks for all you do for the community,” a second said.
A third said the kind act had restored her faith in humanity.
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