Employees from H-E-B greeted Waxahachie firefighters with a freshly cooked breakfast yesterday morning as a way to say “thank you” for the service they provide to the community.

“Each year since Sept. 11, 2001 we come and serve breakfast for the firefighters to show that in the community we appreciate them. Today I have 15 people that volunteered to come out to the firehouse and give their time,” H-E-B Manager Christine Dickinson said. “It is just to honor what they do for us and to honor what they do for our community.”

The H-E-B employees that volunteered their time are a part of the company’s Helping Heroes program. In its ninth year there are more than 1,066 employees from 81 stores across the area serving breakfast and lunch and helping out with chores around 164 fire stations. The program not only recognizes the first responders who put their lives on line each day but honors the ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“It is an absolute honor to have these people come in and take time out of their day to come and feed the whole crew from each shift today,” Firefighter Eddie Steele said. “Being new here I am not really used to this gratitude and it is kind of overwhelming. I really appreciate it.”

As firefighters visited with each other the employees from H-E-B prepared a meal of breakfast tacos with sides of bacon, sausage, hash browns and fruit. Juice, milk and coffee were also available. Each of the three stations was given hamburger patties, sloppy Joe fixings and other items so they would not have to go out for lunch.

Pump Engineer Len Crow said it really means lot to everyone at the department for the staff of H-E-B to come out and show their support for the job we do here in the community. When people do things like this it makes you feel appreciated for what you do, Crow said.

Before the meal began Stuart Stephenson and Jon Warren with Woodmen of the World presented Fire Chief Ricky Boyd with three American flags to flown outside of each of the fire stations. These flags were presented to honor the firefighters service to the community each day.

The employees at H-E-B paid a visit to the Red Oak Fire and Police Department last week on Thursday, Sept. 5. Red Oak Police Department Community Relations Officer Nathan Bickerstaff said having a group like H-E-B come out to give back really means a lot to both the fire and police department staffs.

“It is a good feeling to know that you have a community behind us, supporting us and believing in our efforts,” Bickerstaff said.

Dickinson said H-E-B would also be paid to the Midlothian Fire Department next week.

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