Herald/CATRINA RAWSON - Olive Garden employee Roberto McGee serves Chris Cave and Anthony Espinosa, both Killeen firefighters, at their fire station Monday in Killeen.

By Holly Wise

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen Fire Department Station 8 firefighters were the guests of honor at their own fire station Monday when they were served lunch by a staff of three from Killeen's Olive Garden restaurant.

"We chose (this fire station) because a lot of our team members are serviced by this one," Olive Garden service manager Lorinda Stewart said as she handed plates of tiramisu to servers Chris Willock and Roberto McGee.

Willock and McGee volunteered to accompany Stewart and serve the firefighters.

For the eighth consecutive year, 685 Olive Gardens across the country delivered lunch Monday to police and fire departments, emergency rooms and military organizations as part of the restaurant's Hospitaliano! lunch.

"It's cool because every one of our Olive Gardens does it on Labor Day," Stewart said.

Last year, Killeen Police Department employees received the meal, which included spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, breadsticks, salad and dessert.

Stewart said they brought the food already prepared.

"We wanted to come and serve it," she said.

KFD Battalion 2 Capt. Linda Brooks said the firefighters work every third day, and "whatever day that falls on is our day."

"It was excellent," Brooks said. "This is the first time we've been served."

Contact Holly Wise at hwise@kdhnews.com or by calling (254) 501-7474.

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