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First responders grateful for Olive Garden lunch

On Monday, one Albany business thanked some first responders for their service in a special way. (Source: WALB) On Monday, one Albany business thanked some first responders for their service in a special way. (Source: WALB)
Olive Garden dropped off food for close to 50 people at the Dougherty County EMS station. (Source: WALB) Olive Garden dropped off food for close to 50 people at the Dougherty County EMS station. (Source: WALB)
Tiffany Chambers helped deliver the food. (Source: WALB) Tiffany Chambers helped deliver the food. (Source: WALB)
Steve Ebel is the  Dougherty County EMS Paramedic Supervisor. (Source: WALB) Steve Ebel is the Dougherty County EMS Paramedic Supervisor. (Source: WALB)
First responders are busy during holiday weekends. (Source: WALB) First responders are busy during holiday weekends. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Not everyone gets to enjoy their family and friends on this three-day weekend. 

Labor Day is not a holiday for everyone.  

First responders are on the job working to protect us and help us if we have an emergency.

On Monday, one Albany business thanked some first responders for their service in a special way. 

SOT Steve: Holidays don't exist for us in Public Safety. 

First responders work to attend to emergencies all over the country.

Some first responders in Dougherty County got a bit of a surprise today; a thank you. 

"We are actually delivering food for our labor day for our first responders," said Olive Garden Culinary Professional Tiffany Chambers.  

It was not the first time Olive Garden gave back to first responders on Labor Day. 

"It is something that we do every single year to give back to them because they have been giving back to us all year long," said Chambers.

This is the 15th year the Olive Garden participated. 

"It's a big boost, not just a little boost," said the Dougherty County EMS Paramedic Supervisor Steve Ebel. "It really is a big boost."

Ebel says those working don't traditionally get a lot of gratitude.

"We basically pick them up, drop them off at the hospital and that's it," said Ebel. 

He said it is not something that is expected, but he is thankful for the expression of appreciation. 

"When we get some recognition it really helps the morale with the crews," explained Ebel. 

Despite a long day at work, as they filled up their plates, first responders were all smiles Monday. 

"Just a thank you says a lot to us," Ebel said. 

Representatives from Olive Garden say it is the least they can do for those putting their lives at risk. 

"We want to just give out that special hand to say hey thank you for being there for us," said Chambers. "Today we are serving you."

Olive Garden dropped off food for close to 50 people to ensure that all shifts working at the EMS station could get their share. 

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