Members of the Phantoms and Arctic Wolves societies prepared a steak dinner for city law enforcement and fire department employees this fall. About 30 students helped serve meals to about 60 police officers, dispatchers, administrative assistants, and firefighters.
“The officers mentioned to us several times how thankful they were, and that it meant more to them than we know,” Phantoms society president David Chadwick said. “They said they spend the day dealing with people who look toward them with disrespect, and it was a huge blessing to have people come over and show them some appreciation.”
Arctic Wolves society president Emily Ranch said some female students helped decorate and serve, while others prepared homemade desserts. The students obtained salads and steaks through Pioneer College Caterers. Students also prepared a thank-you card for the city employees.
Serving at City Hall began at 10 a.m. and continued through 11 p.m on both days of the cookout to ensure all shifts were covered. Students cooked the steaks, served the meal, and talked with officers.
“It was great,” Ranch said. “We got to hear some good stories.”
Calvary Baptist Church assistant pastor Doug Stein, who serves as a Fire Department chaplain, said this gesture of kindness opens the door for him to discuss spiritual matters with firefighters. Some officers invited students to future educational “ride-along” sessions. Chief of Police Timothy Roets wrote a letter of appreciation.
“Your students’ kindness and generosity was the talk of the department,” Roets said. “We were simply amazed that a group of young adults would take the time to show such genuine appreciation for what our department employees do.
“I thank God for such an excellent group of young adults and an institution in Watertown that sets such a fine example.”