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Kind hearted woman pays for firefighters' shopping

The firefighters with the food Vicky bought for them Credit: Manchester Evening News

A kind-hearted Tesco worker paid for a trolley of food for firefighters when they were suddenly called away from the tills to a 999 call.

She dipped into her own pocket to pay £19 for a chicken and all the trimmings and left them a note which read: “Thanks for all that you do and enjoy your Easter dinner on me.”

Firefighter Tony Doyle, manager of red watch at Broughton fire station in Salford, said: “We are completely humbled.”

Employee Vicky Oh’s act of kindness happened after red watch had parked their fire engine at Tesco’s Cheetham Hill superstore on Saturday to buy groceries for the following day.

Tony was sitting in the cabin as his firefighters were doing the shopping when he received a call to respond to an incident.

He got on his radio to summon his crew, who were at the tills and poised to pay.

They abandoned their shopping and left the supermarket, but returned within half-an-hour after they extinguished fence panels which had caught fire in nearby Crumpsall.

They were amazed to find Vicky had paid their £18.95 bill.

Inside their trolley of food was the receipt and a note which read: “Thanks for all you do and enjoy your Easter dinner on me.”

It was an act of kindness which meant Tony and the rest of his crew - Nick McCormick, Richard Hawkins and Gary Finch - enjoyed their Easter Sunday lunch all the more.

The note Vicky left for the firefighters Credit: Manchester Evening News

“Basically, I just thought I’d be nice.

One of the firefighters came over to me and asked if they could leave the trolley and I saw them jump into their fire engine.

I thought I might as well pay for it because you have to eat at Easter.”

– Vicky Oh, who paid for the shopping
23-year-old Vicky Oh, who purchased the food for the firefighters Credit: Manchester Evening News