Lunchtime Thanks for Fire Fighters

By: Bonney Bowman Email
By: Bonney Bowman Email

One local restaurant says thanks to Lincoln's first responders on Labor Day.

Olive Garden served lunch to the fire fighters of station number nine.

It's all part of Olive Garden's Hospitaliano program, where they give back to local organizations who make a difference in the community.

The tradition started 10 years ago on 9-11, when the Times Square Olive Garden opened its doors to first responders and volunteers working at ground zero.

Olive Garden General Manager Jared Beckmann says they chose fire station number nine because the firefighters helped them out earlier in the year when a pipe burst, turning the back of the restaurant into an ice rink.

He says they've also responded for both employee and guest health issues.

The fire fighters say the treat definitely brightened their Labor Day.

Past recipients of the hospitaliano program include the city's emergency rooms and the 911 call center.

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