Local Olive Garden thanks Wausau police for their service

Published: Sep. 4, 2017 at 3:20 PM CDT
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Olive Garden employees walked into the Wausau Police Department on Labor Day to serve officers pasta, salad, bread sticks, and a big thank you.

This is the 16th year that all 840+ Olive Garden restaurants across the country are delivering food to first responders to thank them for their service to the community.

"That's certainly the way to our hearts," said Wausau Police Officer Jordan Gaiche.

General Manager Krissy Sloma at the Wausau Olive Garden has been planning this delivery for 3 weeks. Each year she selects a different group of first responders from the Wausau area to deliver to. Sloma's employees like dishing out the food, as much as the officers enjoy eating it.

"My team, they fight and bid over who's going with me each year because they love doing it," said Sloma.

Sloma says it's a small way to say thank you to those who serve the community, even when there's a false alarm.

"We got alarms that go off in our building overnight and they tend to be our first responders to check our building and make sure everything is ok, so we want to make sure we're taking care of them," said Sloma.

Grateful for the food delivery, officer Gaiche says it's not uncommon for people to drop off thank you packages to the department, or simply thank him for his service out in the community.

"There's not a day that goes by, not a shift that goes by, where you're not getting thanked, or just a positive note or something that's uplifting and there's sometimes where that's exactly what you need during a difficult day," said Gaiche.