BROOKHAVEN, Ga. - Sage Dellaperuta was excited to get to spend Thanksgiving with her mom and dad-- even though they were in a fire station garage many miles from the family's home in Newnan.
" It's great to actually see my dad...always at work, barely off on the weekends," the 12 year old said standing next to her parents in front of a fire engine.
Her father is a Master Firefighter at Station 2 in Dekalb County—who, of course, is on holiday duty.
"It doesn't get any easier, but it's what we do. It just comes with the territory, said DeKalb County Firefighter Richard Teutsch.
The meal for First Responders was made possible by the efforts of Ronnie and Debbie Mayer of Brookhaven. For the last several years, they've rallied private donors and volunteers to make a home cooked meal available to firefighters and their families. Even Brookhaven firefighters showed up to enjoy the feast.
"The firefighters and police are part of our community and we're a part of the community,” Mr. Mayer told Fox 5's Portia Bruner.
"He's just a very kind and giving man and for him to do this today is just awesome," said Captain Angie Eubanks.
Neighbors from the Brookhaven community stopped by extend a word of thanks and get a look inside the fire engine. Sage was just grateful her family the community made it possible for her family to spend at least part of the holiday together.
"I think it's really, really nice because firefighters don't get enough thank yous and this is a great way to show gratitude," the smiling 7th grader said.