Olive Garden serves first responders on Labor Day

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) There are those who have to work on Labor Day and other holidays-particularly those whose job it is to keep us safe.

The Olive Garden restaurant in Vienna Monday continued a two-decade tradition of serving lunch to some of those first responders.

It delivered a meal of pasta, salad and breadsticks to the Parkersburg Fire Department-something the chain's 800 restaurants do for the communities they serve.
"We get to go and say 'thank you' to the people who serve our community," says Lora Hall, Catering Manager for the local restaurant, "and selflessly try to go out every day to try to make sure we are safe."

"Olive Garden's been good to us, they've been doing this for the last 20 years," says fire Capt. Jim Tracewell. "They come out on Labor Day and have a nice lunch for us and the police department, and we really do appreciate it."

In recent years, Olive Garden has served a Labor Day meal to the Vienna Fire Department and the St. Joseph's Ambulance Service.

Since 2002, the restaurant has delivered and served more than 14,000 meals to first responders nationwide.