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Linden Firefighters Show Why They're Aptly Called "Heroes" and It's Not For Putting Out Fire This Time.

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.

Linden Firefighters Show Why They're Aptly Called "Heroes" and It's Not For Putting Out Fire This Time.

Linden Firefighters Show Why They're Aptly Called "Heroes" and It's Not For Putting Out Fire This Time.

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When the EMT from the Linden Fire Department arrived they called up Jon's mom and drove the boy home themselves.

When the EMT from the Linden Fire Department arrived they called up Jon's mom and drove the boy home themselves.

They made him so comfortable that he started talking about his diagnosis along with his hopes and dreams for future.

Later that night, the EMT's returned to his house with a surprise.

Later that night, the EMT's returned to his house with a surprise.

"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.

They presented Jonathan an American Flag as a sign of strength for showing restraint while being bullied.

They presented Jonathan an American Flag as a sign of strength for showing restraint while being bullied.

On the drive back home, Jon had mentioned his interest in joining the military someday.

They also gave him a pair of new sneakers and a T-shirt that says "Your Mother's favorite firemen"

They also gave him a pair of new sneakers and a T-shirt that says "Your Mother's favorite firemen"

They had pooled in their money to buy Jonathan all this stuff! How thoughtful and incredible is that?

"Thank you (department members) Brian Paster, Hilda N Jose Espinal and the entire Linden Fire Department for your generosity, and community service! You are truly heroes in my book!" said Hope, Jonathan's mother.

“Thank you (department members) Brian Paster, Hilda N Jose Espinal and the entire Linden Fire Department for your generosity, and community service! You are truly heroes in my book!” said Hope, Jonathan's mother.

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.

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