BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's been a trying time for first responders. They're keeping their distance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while also responding to deadly fires like the one on Minnesota Avenue Tuesday.
It's been hard both physically and emotionally, which is why any bit of generosity means so much.
"Things like this, it just keeps their morale up and keeps people going," Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo said. "Putting one foot in front of the other."
A delivery Wednesday afternoon that is giving firefighters with Engine 2 on Virginia Street, a reason to smile. 200 meals from The Grange Community Kitchen in Hamburg, donated by the family of Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes and the Pegula COVID-19 fund.
"It's about all of us coming together, collaborating, doing what we can with what we do best," restaurant co-owner Caryn Dujanovich.
Three deliveries in all were made on Wednesday. First up was the American Medical Response followed by a visit to the B-District Police Station as another 200 meals were donated to officers who also put their lives on the line every day.
"It's just nice to be recognized," Buffalo Police Captain Steven Nichols said. "It's nice that people appreciate how hard our officers work and that we're out there 24/7 trying to give it our all."
Because it's all about uniting during these trying times. Athletes and restaurants showing their appreciation for those on the front lines, serving as a reminder that together, we're Buffalo Strong.
"Any way that we can give our thanks, we're more than happy to," Dujanovich said.
"I think that's one of the greatest things about Buffalo," Nichols added. "In very trying times, we put all of our differences aside and we get out there and take care of business and do what has to be done."
The 400 meals delivered Wednesday to both the Buffalo Police and Dire Departments are just a small part of the donation. Later this week, another 500 meals will be delivered to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.