'Recovering addict' secretly treats a table of EMTs to breakfast, bringing them to tears

A recovering addict secretly paid for several EMTs' breakfasts at an IHOP in Toms River, New Jersey.

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  • "Paid, thank you for all you do! Have a great day!" said a note on the receipt
  • "It was the nicest thing anyone could have ever done for us," EMT says

(CNN)As they ate breakfast after a long night shift, a group of EMTs was brought to tears by a heartwarming surprise: Their meal had been paid for.

The six volunteers were dining at an IHOP in Toms River, New Jersey, on Friday when an anonymous woman paid their bill, leaving a moving message on the receipt.
"Paid, thank you for all you do! Have a great day!" the note said. It was simply signed: "Recovering Addict."