Local restaurant gives thanks to first responders by providing Thanksgiving meal

MADISON, Ala. - While most of us enjoyed Thanksgiving with our families, there are some who weren't able to do that.

"If someone picks up the phone, and has an emergency and dials 911, they expect someone to be there," said Zac Tanner with Madison Fire and Rescue.

You can't predict when an emergency is going to happen. That's why first responders are always on.

"When I started working a holiday, I realized what it was like," said Stephen Holley owner of Chuck Wagon BBQ. Holley didn't always open his doors up for Thanksgiving.

"Couple years ago we had some soldiers in town and they asked if we would be open on Thanksgiving. We told them we wouldn't be, but we might have some extra. So, why don't they come on by. And then, we had the idea last year, why don't we just go ahead and make it a buffet and invite some of our local law enforcement, firefighters, some of those who are constantly serving us and the community," explained Holley.

It's something our local heroes are thankful for.

"We are grateful that we have citizens here that support us and take care of us on holidays even when everybody else is off work," said Tanner.