BEAUMONT - First responders don’t always get a holiday off. That’s why Earl Oster is in the 9-1-1 dispatch center for the Beaumont Police Department on Labor Day.
“We don’t always get that recognition, we’re kind of behind the scenes. People don’t realize that we take the phone calls and we’re the true first responders,” Oster talked about the recognition they received from Olive Garden, who brought them a free lunch today for working hard.
Oster says a dispatcher’s job is just as critical as first responders on the street.
“We’re here 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even on holidays, you know? So it’s nice to get this recognition especially on a holiday.”
Carmen Lewis, manager of the Beaumont Olive Garden says this gesture is a way to say thank you to the people who keep our community safe.
“They don’t get those breaks that some people do get to go out and get lunch or anything like that, or even take that day off. So for us to give back, it’s actually a pleasure for me,” Lewis said.
This is the 15th consecutive year that Olive Garden has served first responders. More than 800 restaurants are serving policemen and firefighters around the country.
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