Firefighters thankful for restaurant’s appetite for appreciation on Labor Day

Firefighters thankful for restaurant's appetite for appreciation on Labor Day

RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Not everyone gets to enjoy a day off for Labor Day. FOX 54's Jasmine Anderson spent the morning with first responders, who got a special treat Monday at work.

A hot meal and a token of appreciation. One local restaurant spent the morning saying 'thank you' to first responders.

Captain James Busbee has dedicated 36 years of his career to fire rescue. He is at the helm of the Augusta Fire Department's Station Number 10 in Richmond County.

"You have to be pretty much dedicated - not only to the job but to the people of the community," Captain Busbee said.

Serving and sacrifice are the hallmarks of his and other firefighters daily routines. Any time they respond somewhere it's a difficult time for someone.

"You're actually coming up on somebody, may be one of the worst moments of their lives. To be there to make the best of that situation that you can, is sometimes overwhelming. But it's also a good feeling to make people feel a little bit better about what's happened to them," said Captain Busbee.

The firefighters at Station Number 10 spend a third of their lives at the fire station, Captain Busbee said. That's why the folks at Olive Garden make it a point to deliver food to the first responders.

"There are people out there risking their lives and they should be honored on this day," said Washington Road Olive Garden manager Erin Matthews.

Firefighters live here and are on call - every day. Including Labor Day.

No doubt the icing on the cake, a huge thank you card from Mrs. Biggs' first grade class. The kids all signed their names and drew a picture of a police car, an ambulance and a fire truck. it reads 'Thank you first responders, we appreciate you.'

This is the 17th consecutive year that Olive Garden has honored local first responders in this way. As part of this program, the restaurant has delivered and served more than 12,000 meals to first responders since 2002.

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