Restaurant workers learn sign language to wish deaf co-worker happy birthday

Erick Curry has been deaf since he was 3 years old.
Author:
Publish date:

This year for Erick Curry's birthday, he received the kindest of surprises from his co-workers.

Curry, who has been deaf since he was a baby, has been working for the past four-and-a-half years at the Yard House restaurant in his native St. Louis Park.

As he celebrated his 39th birthday on Saturday, he received via Facebook a video from his co-workers at the Yard House.

They had learned American Sign Language (ASL) to sing him happy birthday.

"I cried and was speechless when I saw the video," he told BMTN. "I can't think of enough good words to say about them. I've got mad love for my co-workers – they're like my family!"

Curry became deaf at just 3 months old when he contracted spinal meningitis.

He attended the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault, before transferring to the Kansas School for the Deaf, and eventually attended St. Louis Park High School.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 9.55.23 AM

Viral video: After farmer's death, local growers rally to combine his fields

A video showing the farmers at work has been viewed millions of times.

Watch: Ringo Starr wishes Electric Fetus happy birthday

The historic Minneapolis record store celebrated turning 50 with a First Ave concert at the weekend.

Boy who brings donuts to nation's cops visits Twin Cities

The 10-year-old has visited 27 states in 2 years.

Pine River woman donated a kidney to stranger she met at bar

She noticed he was on dialysis, and made the ultimate offer of help.

Mother's tears of joy over Target ad showing boy with disabilities

Her response to seeing the joy a Target ad brought her son has gone national