Olive Garden Gives Labor Day “Thanks” to First Responders

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DICKSON CITY -- First responders in one part of Lackawanna County were given a special "thank you" for the work that they do. It's been a Labor Day tradition in Dickson City for a decade.

It didn't look like picnic weather, but employees from Olive Garden in Dickson City did their best to make it feel like a picnic at the Eagle Hose Company in the borough.

The dropped off a free meal to those who do have to work on Labor Day, just like they have for the last decade.

"It's been 10 years, and we do it because these emergency services are here on their holiday and we just want to thank them. We want them to know that we didn't forget them," said John Birtel of Olive Garden.

Members of the hose company dug in to the pounds and pounds of pasta.
The traditional labor day gift from Olive Garden has come to be expected over the last ten years, but never unappreciated.

Olive Garden also made a delivery to the Dickson City Police Department. Olive Garden, and all of the businesses in Dickson City, rely heavily on the fire department and police department. So, folks at Olive Garden say the meal is a way to say thanks.

"Every business up on Route 6, we are there quite a few times each year. So, it's nice of them to come down here and extend us this courtesy. We're really appreciative of it," said volunteer firefighter Cory Fabricature.

The volunteer firefighters were also appreciative that they had a quiet day of work on Labor Day. So, they could really enjoy their meal.

They say the annual gift reminds them that the people they protect recognize their hard work.

"It's nice, they treat us good, they take care of us," added Fabricature.