Salute The Badge: First Responders Lunch


A local business takes a day each year to say thank you to those protecting communities in the ArkLaTex. 

They bring everybody to the table to chow down. After all it is the quickest way to a person’s heart. 

“Appreciate you,” says a server in the line as a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputy passes with a plateful of food. 

There is such a thing as a free lunch, and it was served up today at the Bossier Civic Center.

“We expect to feed 450 to 500 first responders today,” said Greg Robinson, a District Manager with Brookshires Grocery Company.

The meal is a sign of appreciation.  

“It goes a long way in helping people in doing the jobs that they do,” said Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington. 

“It makes us feel good,” added Lt. Richard Jennings of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. “We’re very grateful that Brookshires does this and that they care about first responders. And the people who serve the community.”

A simple thank you, for a complex job. 

“We see them everyday in our communities and we just dont get to say thank you enough,” said Robinson. “This is just an opportunity for us to look them in the eye and say how much they mean to us.” 

It’s day like this which make the tough days more tolerable. 

“It’s not always easy. It’s not always a lot of praise and glory. You never really get noticed until you do something wrong unfortunately,” said Whittington. “But for them to kinda take this day to say, ‘We appreciate what you do. We want to honor you.’ That’s pretty cool.”

Brookshires employees grilled burgers and sausage, and served up side dishes and dessert from their store on Line Avenue in Shreveport.

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