Employees with H-E-B greeted firefighters Friday morning with freshly cooked breakfast favorites as a way of saying “thank you” for the work they do in the community. The store teams visited the Waxahachie, Red Oak and Midlothian fire stations.

“This is H-E-B’s seventh annual Helping Heroes program. What we do is, in all of our communities, all our stores get out and go to the local fire stations to serve breakfast and visit with firefighters. We appreciate what they do,” store manger Bruce Glaves said. “We do just anything they ask us to do: cook them breakfast, mow the yard or wash the fire truck. It is just really appreciating them for their time and their efforts.”

Firefighters do more in a community than just fight fires: They are involved in the community by making it a better place for people to live and work, Glaves said.

The Helping Heroes program allows H-E-B employees to celebrate and honor local fire departments and commemorate the heroism of civil servants throughout the state. The community project honors Sept. 11 as a national day of service and remembrance that pays tribute to the men and women rescue teams who risked and lost their lives at the World Trade Center. Along with cooking and serving breakfast to firefighters, employees brought fully cooked burgers, the fixings for Frito pie and snack items for lunch.

“We feel appreciated any time that we go on a call but it is nice to have a little extra support from the community for the work that we do,” firefighter Glenn Morrill said. “We want to be out in the community not only when somebody has a need in an emergency but to help in general throughout the community. We are not here just because it is a job but we do it because we love it.”

Capt. James Irvin shared Morrill’s thoughts, saying that having the extra support from the community helps firefighters to do their job better each day.

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