Food for Firefighters on Labor Day


As firefighters work on the Labor Day holiday, workers at a local Olive Garden did their best to give them a break.

"They are a good group of guys who serve our community on a daily basis and keep everything safe for our friends and families," said Brandon Doerr, a culinary professional at the Olive Garden in Okemos. "This is my step to help the community out, to give back, show that Olive Garden supports our local communities."

Together with culinary manager Kraig Foreman, Doerr delivered a three-course meal to three different fire departments Monday.

"To know that you have not only the power but the ability to do something good for the community and for the people that do good in this community, it's a very good thing to be able to be there for them and give a helping hand once in a while," said Foreman.

Doerr decided to donate to the East Lansing, Meridian Township and Delta Township fire departments because each holds a special significance to him. Meridian Township and East Lansing help serve the area around the restaurant and Doerr, a Lansing native, now lives in Holt.

"It gives me a real sense of passion and pride for what I do on a daily basis -- serving the people of our communities," he said. "Now I'm serving others who serve our communities as well."

And while firefighters say food always goes over well in the firehouse, they say they are particularly grateful

"We're just thankful that there are people out there that want to help us out on Labor Day and give us a break from cooking," said Nathan Gates, an East Lansing firefighter and paramedic. "And we appreciate everybody else that's working on labor day also."

The Okemos restaurant is one of 800 across the country helping local fire departments, police departments and hospitals.


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