Local Restaurant Feeds First Responders

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Meridian, Miss. The Olive Garden in Meridian made sure that first responders in our area did not go hungry on Labor Day. The restaurant delivered lunches to Fire Station Number 8 in Meridian and to the Meridian Police Department. Restaurant general manager Rene Oubre says its a way to honor those who serve others.

"The police and the fire department, I think they do so much every day for us and serve the people of the community and it's a chance for us to give back to them and show them how much we appreciate them," said Rene Oubre, general manager of Meridian's Olive Garden.

Olive Garden has been delivering meals to first responders on Labor Day for twelve years and the service has become a part of the restaurant's culture.

"At Olive Garden, the culture is "Hospitaliano" and basically it's a culture to serve people and make sure every guest is delighted at 100 percent," said Oubre.

The firefighters at Station Number 8 were not expecting all the food that they received.

"It was surprising, that's for sure. It helps the morale to get a surprise like this every now and then," said Glen Stephens, Captain of Fire Station Number 8 in Meridian.

Firefighters and police officers put their lives on the line for others and they say they are thankful for this kind of gesture.

"It's nice to be recognized for the job we do. Sometimes, we rarely get recognized and have a lot of stressful situations we are involved in, call wise, but it's good that the community recognizes," said Stephens.

The Labor Day lunches were handed out by Olive Gardens across the nation so first responders everywhere were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.