"I'm kinda embarrassed and humbled by the praise and don't need it."

 

Lt. Colonel Robert Risdon Jr. was at a Taco Bell in Alabama on Tuesday with the coach of the Columbus Lions, Jason Gibson. While they were eating, two boys walked into the restaurant and were asking people if they wanted to buy some homemade baked goods to support their church.

The men didn't have any cash on them, but Risdon asked the boys if they had eaten dinner yet. The boys, who were wet from the rain, said no. So he bought them dinner. And Gibson caught it on camera.

"I'm kinda embarrassed and humbled by the praise and don't need it," Risdon told The Huffington Post. "I am a believer that we live in the best country in the world with the best people and that acts of kindness happen every day."

"While eating his taco, [the 9-year-old] told me he wanted to be just like me someday and saluted me when he left the Taco Bell," the ranger said.

"Helping them was an easy decision -- more of a reaction. They were cold, wet and hungry. They were great kids, very respectful and smart," he said. "It was the least I could do for two young Americans.  They were happy to get some chow for sure, and very thankful."