First Responders receive lunch and “thank you” for their service on Labor Day


A team at a local restaurant stepped out of the kitchen to show those who spent the day working how thankful they are for their service.

While it’s a day off for many people across the CSRA, it’s a day on for many others, including those who have to put out fires.  So, Olive Garden wanted to make sure the First Responders at Fire Station #10 know their work does not go unnoticed.

The day started at the Washington Road eatery with bags already packed up.  This wasn’t just Olive Garden to go though or just an ordinary catering delivery.   Augusta’s Italian food restaurant made sure this Labor Day was about more than just serving customers in house too.  So they made a trip right down the street and delivered a few classics to a few honored guests. 

Captain James Busbee greeted the crew when they arrived.

“It’s just real nice that someone else thinks about you,” he told NewsChannel 6.

Thoughtfulness went a long way and you could tell through the main dishes; Italian sausage spaghetti and chicken Alfredo with salad on the side.  Serving lunch is all part of Olive Garden’s way of saying thank you to those who protect and serve them everyday. 

“If anything ever happens, like we had a fire or anything or a first responder situation they would be the first people to respond, Fire Station #10 is right here,”  said Olive Garden Manager Erin Matthews.

Delivery included set-up too with First Responders waiting patiently, and appreciatively, for being able to bypass cooking their own meal.

Capt. Busbee added, “Having to do maintenance and clean trucks and cleaning the station and answering calls and doing training during our busy day, it’s just nice that somebody else would take the time out to do this for us so we don’t have to worry about that.”

And it wasn’t just a meal firefighters and EMS workers received.  McBean Elementary first graders shared their written thanks too, which included Matthews’ daughter.

She added, “When I walked in and I saw everybody sitting there it gives you a different type of feeling.”

And the day wouldn’t be complete without a lesson on firefighter attire.  

After the meal it was back to work. 

“This is good.  This is good.  When you’re through just put it in the trash can.  Might not have to do but a few dishes,” Cpt. Busbee said adding that it takes about an hour or two hours to prepare food so lunch was right on time.  

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