Cooks were busy Monday night preparing a feast to feed 4,500 first responders across North Texas.
Organizers of the group Feed A Hero say it's their way of thanking the men and women who serve their communities on Christmas Day keeping us safe.
“This all started with taking a turkey dinner to a fire station in Denton,” said Jim Searles. “Me and my kids did that and my kids said can we do more stations next year daddy.”
Five years later, the operation evolved into feed a hero. For this Christmas, one and a half tons of briskets are being cooked as part of a barbecue meal for first responders in seven counties.
Christmas day, when police and firefighters are on duty, few restaurants are open.
“As a former first responder I’ve eaten my fair share of 7-Eleven hot dogs, let me tell you.”
Each year more sponsors have come on board to feed a hero. From sandwich buns and briskets and all the supplies people have stepped up.
Up to 300 volunteers will deliver the meals on Christmas Day.
“They’ve re-arranged their Christmas because their kids want to come out and do this,” Searles said.
It will take all night of slow cooking to deliver a quality meal to first responders.
Bill Milroy has had an award winning career cooking barbecue. He’s also a former first responder so it’s like cooking for family.
“I’ll stay with it all night out here,” Milroy said. “About 6 a.m. we’ll start pulling it off and chopping them,” Milroy said.
The meals will go to more than 280 police and fire stations.