LONGVIEW - Sometimes, people have the day off on Labor Day. For the Longview Fire Department and it's first responders, it's a day when they're not completely off, but they're on call.
Representatives from the Olive Garden visited all eight fire stations and surprised them with a big lunch. Since they [first responders] have to work on Labor Day, it was a way for Olive Garden to say 'thank you' for their hard work. Chrissy Yarbrough is the manager at the restaurant, she said they served those who make an effort to keep Longview safe.
"We're working but to us this is just enjoyment," Yarbrough said. "To see the surprise on their face and them getting excited about getting pasta."
Graeme Wolf is one of the new first responders at the fire department. He said working on a holiday is a privilege to him because he and his crew might be the ones who are called to serve the community.
"I don't think you could do this job without feeling your heart warm when somebody comes up to you and thanks you for it," Graeme said. "Definitely is a bright spot to what we do into the day."
First responders were served a spaghetti meal along with dessert.
Olive Garden have served first responders on Labor Day for 15 years, but for three years in Longview.
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