Serving those who serve: Local lawmaker, business donate lunches to first responders

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The law firm owned by State Sen. Bill Stanley donated lunch to Roanoke County first responders on Tuesday. (Photo: Camden Osborne/WFXR News)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A law firm owned by a local lawmaker donated over 200 lunches to fire houses and first responders throughout Roanoke County and Salem on Tuesday.

“They run towards the trouble, not away from it,” State Sen. Bill Stanley said. “Everyday they’re out there protecting our lives and protecting our property. We should tell them how much we appreciate what they do for us. This is our way of saying ‘thank you.’”

By the same token, Stanley supported local restaurant Canale’s Ham & BBQ on Grandin Road in Roanoke by highlighting its cuisine to serve the first responders. Hot and cold meals included the restaurant’s smoked ham, turkey, barbeque and coleslaw. 

All met at the Cave Spring Fire Department this morning to distribute and disperse the lunches to stations around the area.

“We’ve had great community support since all of this crisis started,” said Brian Clingenpeel, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department’s Community Outreach Coordinator. “Whether it’s been meals, donations of disinfectants or other things, we really appreciate everybody and all that they’ve done for us. The community support has been outstanding.”

Inspired by his son’s own service as a certified EMT, Stanley’s desire to recognize and thank local first responders with catered lunches while supporting local businesses served as a token of his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. 

“This is a trying time for the United States, especially in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the pandemic, then with the senseless death of George Floyd, and the riots that have erupted out of peaceful protests,” Stanley said. “What we’ve got to do is get back to the sense of community that we had before. We need to understand that people are out there everyday making sacrifices so that we can live free and note [our] appreciation for those who have been there on the front lines everyday since this pandemic started and during these trying times as well.”

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