Volunteer firefighters in the Naugautuck Valley swapped their turnout gear for oven mitts and carving knives.
They spent Wednesday preparing turkeys and all the trimmings.
Volunteer firefighters already do so much for their communities and on Wednesday, they answered a different type of call. They were cooking up a storm and delivering meals for those who otherwise wouldn't have a Thanksgiving.
"It’s a great thing to do,” Derby Fire Captain Tom Biggs said. “It’s good to give back to the community, other than going to their house when they have an issue."
These volunteer firefighters answer the call in a time of need, but on Wednesday, it's a call to help feed.
"It’s the first time I've actually ever cooked a turkey, so hopefully they come out good,” Biggs said.
Biggs and other volunteers prepared and plated 90 pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing for those who might be homebound this holiday without a place to go.
“I started thinking, you know, that would be a good idea for the fire department to do,” Derby Fire Commissioner Mike Kelleher said. “We have the kitchen, we have the manpower."
Word quickly spread with firefighters in neighboring Ansonia and Shelton wanting to help too.
"It’s rewarding, fulfilling. There are people in need can't cook for themselves,” Ansonia Fire Captain Ken Mitchell said. “We're happy to help any way we can."
Once the 85 meals were ready to go, volunteer firefighters from the three towns loaded up their trucks with those turkey dinners and dropped them off
It was not just about the food, but also the friendly face delivering it.
"For them it may be the only person they see on the holiday,” Suzanne Reilly with TEAM Inc. said. “They're home bound, elderly, frail, no one else might be visiting them on the holiday, so it means a great deal to them."
For these firefighters, that's what this is all about.
"It’s a great thing for the city and for us to be able to do that, hopefully everybody will have a good Thanksgiving because of it,” Biggs said.
The volunteer firefighters didn't just donate their time, they also donated all the food as well.
The firefighters told Eyewitness News they're already thinking about expanding this offering to other holidays in the future such as Christmas, Easter and even the 4th of July.
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