HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Representatives from the Hattiesburg Olive Garden served lunch to members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department on Labor Day.
The meal included spaghetti and meatballs, salad and bread served with ice tea. This continues the tradition that Olive Garden has been doing for 15 years.
More than 800 Olive Garden restaurants nationwide served their local first-responders a special "thank you" lunch for their ongoing, dedicated service to the community.
George Williamson, service manager for the Hattiesburg Olive Garden said it is an honor to be able to give back to those who put their lives on the line every day for our community.
"It's a small gesture to be able to feed them, it helps me to hold my head up high to be a part of a great company that allows this," Williamson said.
Those at Station No. 1 were very appreciative of the efforts of the restaurant and its employees.
Hattiesburg Fire Chief Paul Presley said that it really means a lot to see the support from local businesses and citizens.
"We're very appreciative of them to take the time out to show their appreciation for our fire department and bring us such good food for lunch, our guys are always busy and to have someone to take time out for us makes us just feel so appreciative." Presley said.
Restaurant chain officials said they have served more than 10,000 free meals since the program started in 2002.