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First Responders Pay Forward Act of Kindness

It was a random act of kindness born from a Tik Tok video.

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 5:32 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2021 4:43 PM

Social media can be a powerful tool, especially when it's used for good.

It was a random act of kindness born from a Tik Tok video.

"He just put out there this would be something we want to do and if anybody was interested," says Tiffany Whaley, Director/EMT. "Everybody just jumped on board with it."

Tiffany and Justin Whaley of Daviess County have both been working tirelessly during this pandemic.

Tiffany is an EMT and Justin is a firefighter/paramedic.

They decided to raise money to help a stranger.

"The majority of it we probably hit $400 within the first 24 hours," says Justin Whaley. "It just climbed from there."

They chose The Landing in Newburgh, asking management for help in finding their recipient.

"He immediately told me Ryan," says Whaley.

"Ryan is a hard worker," says Logan Weaver, The Landing Assistant Manager. "He shows up pretty early to make sure everything gets done and he stays to make sure everything gets cleaned afterwards."

Ryan Wharton never expected his day to take a drastic turn.

"We struggled a lot because we didn't have steady income and we couldn't work from home like some people can do," says Wharton, The Landing employee. "So it got a little hard for a lot of us."

Wharton says the money is already in savings for his children.

"I hope that somebody else can get blessed that way as well like I did or better," says Wharton. "I just hope that whoever gets looked out next, appreciated it as much as I did."

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