‘I was completely stumped for words and taken back by such a gesture. It’s been a long time since I have been completely taken back by someone’s actions.’ Those are the words of a Mr Tony Jones, an emergency medical technician for North West Ambulance Service. In his line of work, the 43 year old from Rochdale must have seen it all, so what could possibly have left him so speechless? He lost the power of speech after a stranger, who saw Mr Jones in his uniform filling up his car at the Texaco Garage on Halifax Road in Rochdale, settled the paramedic’s £40 fuel bill. Writing on Facebook, Mr Jones picks up the story: ‘I was stood at the pump filling up and I did see him look at me…We both walked inside together and he was in front of me in the queue. He left and as I went to pay the man behind the counter said it had already been paid. I thought it was a mistake but they said it wasn’t. I was a bit dumbfounded really. The man walked off and did not want any recognition. When I went outside and thanked him, he told me that we, meaning North West Ambulance Service, do a fantastic job and it’s the least he could do for people who do such an important job. He wished me a very safe night, shook my hand and drove off.’ News of the stranger’s gesture hit a chord with other Facebook users, a Cathy Cubbin wrote: ‘Tony I think you have brought a lump to the throat of every staff member in the ambulance service. Wow. What a gesture.’ A Ms Susan Little added: ‘Fantastic….restores your faith. Well done to you – whoever you are.’ See a little kindness does go a long way.