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Tifton dentist sponsors cookout for first responders

A special thank you on Friday night for first responders who risk their lives to serve and protect us. (Source: WALB) A special thank you on Friday night for first responders who risk their lives to serve and protect us. (Source: WALB)
Doctor Buddy Cawley (Source: WALB) Doctor Buddy Cawley (Source: WALB)
Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough (Source: WALB) Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough (Source: WALB)
Dr. Cawley hopes to turn this into an annual event. (Source Dr. Cawley hopes to turn this into an annual event. (Source
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A special thank you on Friday night for first responders who risk their lives to serve and protect us.

You might not expect to see food at a dentist's office, but a Tifton dentist traded in his drill for a burger-flipping spatula.

Doctor Buddy Cawley is the man behind Burgers for the Brave.

"You know it don't get too tough for those guys, whenever duty calls, no matter how tough it is that go right up in there and get the job done so you and I don't have to. And so, I just thought we needed to thank them for it," said Dr. Cawley.

One by one, law enforcers and paramedics pulled up to get a tasty thank you, a grilled burger fresh off the grill and into the hands of the local officers.

"It makes you feel good inside to do something like this and for people to respond to it and they've done it in such a tremendous way," said Dr. Cawley.

It certainly put a smile on Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough's face.

"For them to see this and be able to come and fellowship and just respond to the kindness of the community giving us, I mean it's unbelievable what it does to them," said Scarbrough.

Scarbrough said with all that's happening in the country now, it was perfect timing.

"Just enormous feeling to know that we have people that support us and back us," said Scarbrough.

Cawley cooked up 400 burgers.

"Man they all came out and it was a really great day," said Dr. Cawley.

And a great way to say thanks.

Dr. Cawley hopes to turn this into an annual event.

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