AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – As part of their annual tradition, Olive Garden thanked first responders all over the country, including some in Colorado like the Aurora Fire Department.

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The Italian chain restaurant delivered Fettuccine Alfredo and spaghetti and meatballs alongside the restaurants famous salad and breadsticks.

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“It’s really nice to get recognized. We work 24 hour shifts, and sometimes we can be really busy. So it’s nice to have somebody provide lunch for us,” said Kathleen Gottschall, a firefighter.

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This is the 17th consecutive year for the catered lunches. More than 12,000 meals have been served since 2002.

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