If firefighters aren’t working to save lives and put out flames, they are cooking. And in order to cook massive meals, they need to go grocery shopping. For a while, I was randomly on one firehouse’s grocery shopping schedule. I’d be balancing whatever groceries I felt I could carry instead of using a cart and dropping stuff everywhere. And the aisles were tiny, so I would just be bumping into firefighters wherever I turned. They could really shop.
So when a team of Indiana firefighters were called away from grocery shopping on an emergency call, they were forced to leave their food behind. However, when they returned, they were surprised and warmed to find that an anonymous customer had thanked them—by purchasing all of their groceries.
The Station 392 crew from the Fishers Fire Department was shopping at the Olio Road Kroger last week. According to the department’s Lt. Duane Reddick, he and two other firefighters were stocking up on dinner and lunch supplies when they had to run.
They shared the good deed in a Facebook post, explaining that a community member had never paid their grocery bill as an act of gratitude and they were thankful for the gesture.
While shopping at the Olio Road Kroger this morning, our Station 392 crew caught an emergency run and had to run out of...Posted by Fishers Fire Department on Friday, December 27, 2019
“When they returned to the store, the awesome staff had placed their groceries in the cooler to keep until their return and some anonymous kind person had paid for them. The crew hopes that person sees this post and understands just how much their kindness is appreciated.”
“We admire the generous customer who paid for the firefighters’ groceries,” Eric Halvorson, a spokesperson for Kroger, said in an emailed statement to News 8. “We are also gratified by the thoughtful service of the Kroger associates who held the groceries until the firefighters could return. We are honored to have played a role in this gesture of support for their bravery and community spirit.”
“We don’t always expect a ‘thank you’, we don’t ask for it,” Reddick said. “We just do it.”