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Army Lt. Col. Robert Risdon had a long, hard day. He stopped into a Taco Bell to grab a quick meal. Just as he was about to pay for his food, two people walked into the restaurant. He noticed their demeanor and automatically tapped into his Army Ranger training.

Hero

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Robert Risdon stopped at a Taco Bell in Greenville, Alabama after making an appearance at the Senior Bowl. He never thought a craving for tacos would change his life.

Bravery

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Risdon is one of the few people who are willing to protect everyone and everything. They show bravery and kindness through their work. He knew what hard work and hardship looked like.

Making an Entrance

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Two people entered Taco Bell dramatically. Other diners stopped eating to see what the ruckus was all about. To add more mystery to the two figures, it was raining heavily that night.

Examination

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Risdon examined the two people from afar as he had been trained to do in the military. He noticed that their clothes were worn and that they were soaking wet from the rain. He also noticed that the larger of the two kept his hands in his windbreaker’s pockets.

Hunger Pains

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Risdon knows the pain of hunger. “I can’t even count the number of times I was cold, wet and hungry in the Army,” he recalls.

Intentions

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The two people moved towards Risdon slowly. He watched them, suspicious of what their intentions were in the Taco Bell that day.

The Question

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The two boys finally approached Risdon and looked him in the fact. They asked if he had any spare change. Risdon responded that he never carried cash on him, only his cards because it was more efficient.

Filming

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One of the diners in Taco Bell decided to record the interaction between the soldier and the two boys. His name is Jason Gibson. His video had almost 40,000 shares and almost 2 million views after he posted it online.

Ten Tacos

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Discouraged, the boys knew that they would be leaving hungry. Then Risdon surprised them by asking, “Can you boys finish off ten tacos?”

Fundraiser

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The boys were shocked as Risdon walked them up to the counter and told them that they could order anything they wanted. They couldn’t be more grateful. They told Risdon that they had been walking around selling candy to raise money for their church that evening.

Ravenous

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Teenage boys are usually very hungry and can eat a lot. These boys were 9 and 13 years old and ready to feast. Risdon couldn’t be happier to see the boys eat and fill their stomachs.

Saluting Their Hero

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Diners witnessed the boys try to salute their hero. Risdon laughed and taught them how to salute correctly.

Helping Others

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Risdon knew that he had to help these two boys when they approached his table and asked for some change. He was grateful that he could help them out by buying them a meal and making them happy.

The Kindness Effect

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According to Risdon, kindness is what makes the world go round. “I’m kinda embarrassed and humbled by the praise and don’t need it… I think throughout my childhood I was around people who taught me there’s more to life than taking care of yourself,” he said when asked about being seen as a hero in the video.

Thanks to His Parents

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Risdon’s automatic kindness was just how he was raised. “It seemed like a very small gesture I could do for two kids that were trying to make some money in the rain on a school night. So, absolutely it was my duty to at least get them something to eat.”

Being a Role Model

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“You know, I want to be just like you someday,” the younger of the boys said to Risdon as they ate together. There is no better role model to look up to than Risdon.

Deciding to Film

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Jason Gibson explained why he decided to start filming the interaction between the boys and Risdon, “You see all the negative stuff on TV, I’m kinda tired of it.”

Spreading Kindness

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“When you’re older and you’re in a position to help someone out, don’t pass it up,” Risdon said. He was just paying kindness forward. Hopefully, since he showed kindness to these boys, they will show kindness in their lives as well.

Admiration

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The boys couldn’t help but admire the Army man. “They inspire me as much as I may have made them feel good by just filling their bellies a little bit,” Risdon said.