SKOWHEGAN — A local car dealer has had to rethink his plan to honor first responders this year.
Last year, Sam Hight put on a barbecue for first responders in Franklin and Somerset counties. This year, the second annual first responder barbecue was held, sort of.
As with many things in the year 2020, COVID-19 safety precautions forced changes to be made.
“I just wanted to say thank you. Not for any specific event but to say thank you for what you do every day,” said Sam Hight of the Hight Family of Dealerships
All of last week Hight picked up food at a local grocer, took it back to the dealership, packed it in a cooler, then delivered the barbecue on wheels to local first responders.
He said during the stay-at-home phase of the pandemic not everyone could work remotely.
“The men and women first responders didn’t have that option. They still had to get up and go to work every day and deal with what they had to deal with to keep all of us safe,” Hight said.
Thursday the delivery went to the corrections officers and sheriff deputies at the Somerset county sheriff’s office, who were joined by some maine state troopers. .
“We certainly appreciate it. This is the second annual event that Sam Hight has put on and we certainly appreciate it,” said Somerset County Chief Deputy Michael Mitchell.
By week’s end the barbecues-to-go were delivered to a total of 19 agencies, including ambulance crews, firefighters, police departments, sheriff’s offices, dispatcher center and others who work behind the scenes.