JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Good Samaritan Ministries and local restaurants teamed up to feed those who dedicate their lives to keeping others safe Monday.

Good Samaritan Ministries fed members of the Johnson City Fire Department and other first responders at the fire station near city hall.

Aaron Murphy, CEO and Executive Director of Good Samaritan Ministries, told News Channel 11 that the non-profit partnered with local restaurants to express their thanks on Public Safety Appreciation Day.

“These workers, they work tirelessly,” Murphy said. “And sometimes you just need to stop and say ‘thank you.’ We believe in giving flowers to those while they are living. They’ve worked hard through the pandemic. They’ve worked hard throughout the last couple of years, months and days. And today is all about appreciation.”

First responders were treated to pizza from Bella Vita, cookies and drinks.