UT football coach supports local restaurants by buying food for first responders

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The University of Toledo football team and their head coach can't stop thinking about the firefighters and police officers who can't stay at home.

So, Rockets coach Jason Candle teamed up with the owner of Focaccia's and The Blarney to feed first responders.

"Just trying to give back in a time of need, and certainly a way to couple that with helping the people that are out there on the front lines with this thing, handling and dealing with the issues that are going on in our society right now," Candle said. "It's not an uncommon thing to see our police in our fire department at the Glass Bowl when there's a home football game, so this is a very moderate way in a small detail thing to help them and give back."

They prepared boxed lunches for them. Toledo fire crews rolled up to the downtown restaurant to pick up their meals. They fed four different fire stations.

"That’s one less thing that people have to worry about," Toledo Fire chief Brian Byrd said, "and that’s food for today. That’s an amazing thing for people, so thank you."

Firefighters and officers put themselves at risk to help those in need and now the risk is even greater. Local health administrators say the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing.