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Giving back to first responders on Labor Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Giving back on Labor Day.

While many of us were enjoying cookouts and some R & R, many were still working away including first responders.

We see them all over town, racing to a medical or fire call coming to our aid.

On Monday, Olive Garden switched it up and paid fire station 35 on Mendenhall a visit.

"Any kind of appreciation you can give to the people who are out there every day helping us out is special," said Jeremy Lee, General Manager of Olive Garden off Poplar and I-240.

Olive Gardens across the country delivered lunch to their local police and fire departments.

"We have spaghetti, we have fettuccine," explained Lee.

These first responders were overwhelmed by the spread.

"Whew! Good God almighty!"

"It means a lot. We're happy to do our job anyway, but it means a lot when the community gives us something back," said Battalion Chief, Cordell Cooper.

The delivery allowed restaurant employees and firefighters a chance to interact

"Thank you, thank you for all you do. Thank you. Ya'll got the hard job all we do is feed people!"

But that small gesture of sharing a meal meant something. Lee said giving back doesn't have to be extravagant, and everyone has the power to make a difference.

"Give something small every day. The person sitting on the street corner or the firefighter. Whatever you can give to help out."

Lee said Olive Garden has been delivering meals on Labor Day for 15 years.