MCDONOUGH — Shane’s Rib Shack is celebrating community heroes during its annual Fire & EMS Appreciation Week June 23-30.

During the week, the restaurant is offering free meals for all firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Meals include barbecue pork sandwich, 20-ounce drink and one side item. In advance of appreciation week, Rib Shack crew members will be visiting fire stations and EMS facilities to distribute certificates for a free meal.

Additionally, customers can write thank you cards to first responders. All cards will be delivered to stations following the weeklong celebration.

“First responders sacrifice so much for the well-being of communities around our nation, and they never ask for recognition in return,” said Shane’s Rib Shack Founder Shane Thompson. “The idea behind Fire & EMS Appreciation Week is to tell our brave men and women that, while we will never be able to fully repay the debt they’ve given through their heroism, we deeply appreciate everything they do to keep our friends, families and neighbors safe. We hope this small gesture will make them feel valued and will also help the community to be more appreciative for the extremely important work they do every day.”

Thompson said the restaurant plans to host appreciation weeks for military members and police officers.

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