Merchants in 2 River Region cities honor law enforcement

Published: Jul. 22, 2016 at 8:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2016 at 10:08 PM CDT
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MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Never before has serving and protecting the public tasted so good for Elmore County Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery.

"There's been a lot of folks that have called and brought stuff in," Lowery said.

Lowery was among several deputies and police officers from Millbrook to grab a free meal thanks to AirNow.

Terry Barrett started off the morning by cooking more than 100 hamburger patties. Barrett says what they did Friday was the direct result of the killing of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. AirNow has never done this kind of thing before.

"You know, why we wait until things like Dallas and Baton Rouge is really sad.. usually it takes something that great to show... I ain't gonna say care because we care. We just get so stinky busy," Barrett said.

Over in Prattville, six real estate companies did the same thing, feeding the entire force at the Prattville Police Department. Veteran realtor Belinda Staver came up with the idea and closed the deal by getting a half-dozen real estate companies on board.

"After a sleepless night, I wanted to do something that was proactive and we talked about it," Staver said.

Realtors brought in barbeque, fried chicken and potato salad. Staver says real estate companies included Century 21 Southern Star in Prattville, Alfa Realty, Realty Connection, Exit Preferred and Bo Evans Realty. Belinda Staver says plans are in the works right now to do something very similar for Prattville firefighters and the Autauga County Sheriff's Department.

Staver and Barrett say they don't know if this will become a regular deal for them. It's something they want to talk about.

"Yea, you know we haven't discussed that at the moment. If we do it again, we'll do it when it's cooler," Barrett said with a laugh.

Until then, first responders like Ricky Lowery felt mighty appreciated in what's becoming an increasingly dangerous profession.

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