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Restaurants donate warm meals to Toledo fire stations

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Toledo, OH - "Feeding our Firefighters" started as an idea on social media in the aftermath of the apartment fire that killed two Toledo firefighters on Sunday. 

Tonight it's a massive movement to show support during this time of grief.

13abc's Christine Long continues our team coverage honoring our fallen firefighters.

Restaurants, businesses and homeowners all across our community are donating warm meals to fire stations throughout the city.  Not just today and tomorrow, but for the rest of the week. Ask anyone who is cooking and they'll tell you they just want to do something to help.

"We have plenty of firefighters that come in here on a regular basis," says Mike Shroyer, the owner of Shawn's Irish Tavern on Heatherdowns, as he spreads sauce and sprinkles cheese in his restaurant kitchen.  "Their job is not easy. They have to run into a fire when most people run out of it."

He's cooking pizza and hot wings as a donation from his restaurant to the hardworking men and women at the nearby fire station on Airport Highway.

"I heard about it on Facebook and figured since they still have to work today and they don't get a day off to grieve, it would be best to feed the ones that are still working," says Shroyer.

"What would we do without them?" asks Beth Dennis.

Dennis and Amy Petersen are two of dozens of people delivering warm meals from restaurants to every single fire station in the city a day after two Toledo firefighters died while battling an apartment blaze.

"My dad is a retired Toledo policeman who was shot in the line of duty," says Petersen. "I'm forever grateful to the firemen who came and saved his life. So it's like a reward to me to be able to pay back to them."

This effort is being organized online for the week at "Perfect Potluck."  You can sign up online for a shift at a station to feed firefighters in their time of need.    

After Shawn's, Dennis and Petersen head to Inky's Italian on Detroit and Sylvania to pick up hot pizza and cheesy bread for the firefighters at the station on Lewis.

"They are part of our family here," says Debbie King, the bar manager at Inky's Italian. "They eat lunch here, their training classes come here, and they've been doing it for years. It's just awful what has happened."

Dennis says the firefighters are surprised by the meals from the community and grateful for the support.

"It was just very overwhelming," says Dennis. "They were very excited and like, 'Oh my gosh, people are really doing this?'"

For information about how you can sign up to donate, go to this website: https://www.facebook.com/feedourTFD

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