Praise for those who didn’t forget

Published 1:58 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From Staff Reports

Like everyone else in America, our staff members can remember exactly where we were 13 years ago this past Thursday. Some were in school, some were at work and some were at home, but all recall it as a day they will never forget.
But last Thursday, a group of Shelby County residents chose to remember the anniversary of that terrible day in a different way: By showing their appreciation to the men and women who work every day to ensure we are safe and secure.
David Keough and his company, DEA Home Inspections, spent a few hours delivering a total of 72 pizzas to the Alabaster, Pelham and Helena police departments at about lunchtime on Sept. 11. Keough was helped by local residents Eddie Keaton, Jim Parks, Ron Holly and Jack Gray.
“It’s just a little thing we can go… anything we can to do put a smile on their faces,” Keough told Shelby County Reporter Staff Writer Molly Davidson after he delivered the pizzas. “It shows them a little support. What better day than September 11 to do it, and we’ll continue to do it year after year.”
Thursday marked the second-straight year the group has delivered food to the local police and fire departments on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Last year, Keough and his team brought the police and fire departments lasagna from Joe’s Italian.
For Buck’s Pizza owner Hunter Sprabling, whose company made the 72 pizzas before they went out to the departments, the order made for a busy kitchen, but he said he was happy to help out.
“We make everything by hand,” Sprabling told Davidson, adding the entire order took almost two-and-a-half hours to fill, but said he was happy to do it. “(Keough) is one of our regular customers… he came and talked to me (about the idea) two days ago.”
We praise Keough and his colleagues who took time out of their day to prove to our local first responders that they are respected and appreciated by those they serve.