Colleagues rally behind custodian whose car gets destroyed in fire

Jose Gonzalez

When a car fire broke out in the parking lot outside the N.I.N.O.S administration office last week in San Benito, Jose Gonzalez ignored the fact that his only mode of transportation was up in flames.

Instead his co-workers say he ran throughout the 2-story building to make sure everyone made it out okay.

With his car destroyed, colleagues knew they had to step in to help the custodian who's always been there to help others.

That's where Action 4's Ryan Wolf comes in.

"Oh my Goodness!" N.I.N.O.S. workers said.

A fake staff meeting is taking part when Ryan arrives in the room as part of the Pay it 4Ward surprise.

Jose has no idea that he's about to be singled out for his kindness.

"There is somebody who works here who is an extremely kind human being," Ryan said.

His kindness is about to be rewarded.

"I would like to call up Jose," Ryan said. "Where are you Jose?"

Jose is in complete shock.

"How do you feel right now?" Ryan asked. "Nervous," he said.

Crystal Rodulfo is a co-worker who nominated Jose for the Pay it 4Ward prize.

"I'm going to ask Crystal to come on up and join us," Ryan said.

She then shares with Jose what he means to the entire staff.

"There have been times when us ladies have had car trouble or we needed things carried and you never hesitate... even when we tell you 'no, no Jose we got it,'" she explained. "Also this morning a homeless man came in asking for money. It's really easy to tell people like that to go away or that you don't have cash, but you, without hesitation, pulled 5 dollars out of your pocket and just handed it to him with no questions asked. And last week with the fire, the last thought on your mind was your car burning out there. You were running up and down the halls trying to get everyone out of this building. And because of that I want to Pay it 4Ward."

Karen Gonzalez with FNB Insurance Agency comes up to the front of the room to greet Jose as a Pay it 4Ward partner.

"We just want to say thank you so much for all the good deeds that you do for others," the agency spokeswoman explained. "We are so incredibly happy to help you in some small way. On behalf of FNB Insurance and Action 4 News, please put out your hands."

Karen counts out $400 dollars in cash.

"I want to say thank you everybody for helping me like that," Jose said just before starting to cry.

"What are you feeling on the inside?" Ryan asked him.

"Emotion," he said while crying. "Have you ever been thanked in this way before?"

Jose answers "no," and then he covers his eyes with his hands and puts his head down.

It's apparent to everyone in the room that no more words need to be said.

An electrical short is blamed as the cause of the vehicle fire, according to Jose.

Jose plans to use his Pay it 4Ward prize to help with the payments on a replacement vehicle.

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