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Linden Firefighters went beyond a call of duty to support the seventh grader Jonathan when he was bullied by a bunch of school kids on a bus ride on his way back home.
After he boarded his bus to go to school, a kid started making fun of his sneakers and called him names like "fat" and "stupid". Jonathan put on his headphones in an attempt to avoid them. However, it just got worse on his way back home. Another student started punching him, spit on his lips leaving bruise marks on his face.
They made him so comfortable that he started talking about his diagnosis along with his hopes and dreams for future.
"That's all for you for being such a great kid, for keeping your cool, for not losing it, and for being the better person," the men told and gave him a few presents.
On the drive back home, Jon had mentioned his interest in joining the military someday.
They had pooled in their money to buy Jonathan all this stuff! How thoughtful and incredible is that?
Jonathan now has a powerful message to the bully who hurt him: "I would like to tell that student that I forgive him, and would like to be his friend. My Mom and I talked yesterday, and would like to invite the student who did this to dinner with us, so that he can see that we are not different, just because we look different." LFD did not have to put out fire that day to become heroes. Thank You LFD for bringing about such positive change in the society by going beyond call of duty. This is what true heroes are made up of.