Olive Garden gives back to first responders working on Labor Day

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN-TV) While many are enjoying a day off with family and a long holiday weekend, those keeping the community safe are hard at work.

A simple meal of delicious food.

"We are serving them pasta sauce, chicken, meatballs, sausages. We are also giving them some food to cook off for the evening shift," says Amada Likness, Olive Garden manager.

On a day when many are enjoying some time off.

"This is the 17th year that we've done it. Labor Day, it's a very common thing for banks to be closed, other businesses to be closed and there are still people out there that have to protect our community," says Likness.

Rapid City Fire Station one were the lucky recipients of an act of generosity from olive garden.

"As firefighters we kind of take pride in eating together but we never know how busy we are going to be. So to have a holiday like this and to be able to relax and not worry about cooking for 8 other people is kind of nice. We can sit down and feel appreciated and relax as a crew," says David Rohlfe, firefighter, and paramedic.

The crew normally eats together but has to do all the shopping, cooking, and cleaning up afterward... all while potentially being called out on a moment's notice.

"People bring in cookies and stuff like that but never a full meal so this was new to me and I really enjoyed it. also, we were very lucky we had everyone in no one went out on calls so we got to eat it as a group," says Steven Gilbert, firefighter, and paramedic.

But they are used to working on holidays

Rohlfe says,"Christmas isn't a holiday for us, Thanksgiving isn't a holiday for us. We work every third day and that's how it is all year round."

But today a warm meal was one less thing to worry about while out serving the community.

"it is nice to see the community give back to us because typically we are used to giving back to them, " says Rohlfe.