The Rock Loves Ridgefield

The famous wrestler-turned-movie-star—recovering from a bout of COVID-19—did an incredible act of kindness for the first responders in Bergen’s very own Ridgefield.


If you ever doubted that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just might be one of the nicest dudes in Hollywood, his latest act of kindness is all the proof you need. And this one hits close to home!

The wrestler-turned-actor recently debuted his latest creation, the Under Armour Project Rock PR3 sneakers, in collaboration with the fitness giant Under Armour. But rather than just doling out free swag bags of shoes to press and fans, Johnson and co. instead donated the $140 training sneakers to first responders on both coasts—including 100 pairs to the volunteer firefighters in Ridgefield.

The brand and the star partnered with the First Responders Children's Foundation, which helped them select first responders with close connections to the 9/11 terror attacks as the sneaker recipients. Ridgefield lost many men and women in the attacks, and is only 6 miles from Manhattan.

“Glad you (bad asses) got my note – Ridgefield Fire Department @ridgefieldparkfirenj [sic],” the mogul captioned the below video on Instagram in which Jillian Crane of the First Responders Children's Foundation reads off Johnson’s personalized letter to the team. “A very small way of us saying, THANK YOU to you guys and all our first responders across our country. I see you and we’re grateful to you for always taking care of our families and communities. Stay safe, stay healthy. Love and respect –DJ.”

The Ridgefield heroes were given the shoes on Aug. 27, but the generous gift became statewide—and national—news on Sept. 6, when The Rock himself posted the video on Instagram. The video has racked up almost 2 million views since!

Johnson also made headlines recently when he revealed last week that he and his entire family—including his wife, Lauren, and their two daughters, Jasmine and Tiana—all tested positive for coronavirus. Thankfully, they are now recovering and are “on the other end of it,” he said in an Instagram video.

Watch the feel-good video above, and if you want to get yourself a pair of the Project Rock PR3 sneakers, they’re currently available at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Paramus.