As many sat down for Thanksgiving dinner with family Thursday, first responders around Wisconsin and across the U.S. staffed fire houses, police departments, and 911 centers.
In Milwaukee, the Bucks provided full, Thanksgiving meals to 31 firehouses around the city.
Kenneth Hardiman, Senior Executive Chef at Fiserv Forum, said the meals included turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, and even cranberry chutney.
"It was about a three-day process to prepare everything," he said.
Fire crews from around Milwaukee picked up the dinners and drove them back to their respective fire stations.
"We're very thankful for our first responders," Hardiman said.
"Everybody was super excited when we found out the Bucks were doing this," said MFD Lt. Jorim Fulsom. "It definitely shows us we're appreciated."
Jennifer Clark, the owner of Jen's Sweet Treats in Cudahy, said her business baked almost 2-thousand cupcakes to deliver to all the first responders working around Milwaukee County.
"It's the right thing to do," Clark said.
"I'm thankful for all of our first responders," she added.
She said cooking and decorating all of the cupcakes took approximately 21 hours. Thursday morning, drivers in five different vehicles took care of all the deliveries.