Restaurant provides free lunch for first responders - FOX34 Lubbock

Restaurant provides free lunch for first responders

LUBBOCK, Texas -

On a holiday celebrating the worker and their contributions to society, business owners who usually close put in some extra effort to celebrate first responders who didn't get the day off. 

Fire station 17 on 63rd street was surprised with a free lunch from Olive Garden. Firefighter Steven Diaz has been impressed with the appreciation the community has shown since he's been here. 
"It's nice that people come up to us and thank us for what we do," Diaz said. 
Seth Gibson, a manager at the restaurant, says there are more than 900 locations across the country donating food to first responders. 
"We make sure to show our support for communities and the first responders that we have in the towns closest to us," Gibson said. 

Firefighter Stephen Marquez said it makes the job a lot easier, and emphasized that they don't work for the recognition.
"It's our job. We're here to do it. If it's Christmas, Labor Day, our kids birthday, it doesn't matter. We're gonna be here. It's what we do. We go to the grocery store all the time and people thank us for our service. We appreciate that. We're going to do it, continue to do it, that's why we love it. We all ate a good meal. If the tones drop right now we'll be ready to go and we know we ate pretty good. We're ready to go and ready to continue doing what we do," Marquez said. 

The restaurant says it plans on doing this for many years to come. 

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