New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can be dangerous times for drivers, with the cold weather making the roads icy and a higher-than-average number of drivers on the roads around midnight.

First responders such as police working those days usually prepare for a rough shift with little thanks.

This year, however, one group gave back to the Killeen Police Department in a form everyone can appreciate: food.

“We want to thank all of you for doing what you do for us, putting your lives on the line for us every day,” said Kevin McCoid, 17, junior assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 287. “I hope you all like to eat, because we brought a lot of food.”

The Boy Scouts and adult leaders of Troop 287 in Killeen brought several large plates, trays and platters of food to the Killeen Police Department Headquarters on Sunday for officers working the New Year’s Eve a.m. shift, the New Year’s Eve p.m. shift and the New Year’s Day a.m. shift.

The first round of food was piled onto tables in one of the break rooms at 2 p.m., and more food in the form of pizzas was set to arrive at 9 p.m.

“The troop has been doing this for over 25 years,” Scoutmaster Mike Overholser said. “This was actually started by a jailer who used to work here, and was an assistant scoutmaster at the time.”

Overholser also works as an officer with the Killeen Police Department.

Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said the delivery was kept as a surprise from the younger officers.

“I’m sure the veteran officers know this happens every year, but we are trying to surprise the newer ones with it,” she said.

More than 20 Boy Scouts and their parents, along with troop leaders, brought plates of food to the officers.

McCoid, who has been a member of the troop for seven years, said he has participated in the event every year.

“It is a really good feeling to do this, because I can give back to the people that risk our lives for us,” he said.

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