Bone Daddy BBQ Organizes And Prepares Meals For Fire Fighters, Paramedics

May 19, 2020

A Springfield caterer has helped feed first responders, with meals sourced from local meat suppliers.

Jasmine Lee (front, right) presents members of Fire Station 3 in Springfield with barbecue meals crowdsourced on Facebook.
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A team from Bone Daddy BBQ delivered 24 dinners to five fire stations Monday.  $450 was crowdsourced on social media to cover the costs. 

Wearing a face mask, Jennifer Heflin of Bone Daddy helped drop off the food.

First responders nd Bone Daddy BBQ employees outside Fire Station 3 in Springfield in the late afternoon of May 18, 2020.
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“A big pulled pork meal…with mac & cheese, and cole slaw, and banana pudding. Just a way of saying ‘Thank you’ to those that are working extra hard when it’s a little dangerous out.”

Food from Bone Daddy BBQ sits in a delivery truck, bound for five fire stations across the region.
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“Boy, I sure like me some brisket. Can’t go wrong with that!” laughs Anthony Bucher.

He's a battalion chief with Fire Station 3 in Springfield. He says the pandemic has changed life for everyone, so he’s especially touched by the gift.

Anthony Bucher, a battalion chief, told KLCC he was overwhelmed by the gesture.
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“Such a wonderful gesture by a local restaurant just speaks volumes," says Bucher. 

Bone Daddy BBQ team members (from L to R): John White, Jasmine Lee, Jennifer Heflin, and Frank Heflin.
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"They’re hurting, so to just see the generosity on their part to provide something like this, it’s really meaningful.”

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, restaurants, breweries, and taverns have had to scale back operations and accessibility. Most have had to scale back on their workers' hours, or lay them off.  And while some have opened up again recently as Phase 1 re-opening takes place across Oregon, others are seeing tepid business as many patrons remain cautious.

Bone Daddy Barbeque is relying on take-out and catering to keep them afloat, but owners hope to have more business later this summer as restrictions gradually ease.  Frank Heflin says a food truck is in the works.

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