MERIDEN--During these difficult times for police officers, businesses across the state continue to give back to local departments.
In Meriden, there was no shortage of food and friendly people outside the police department Tuesday. Floresia Allen, owner of Allen's Abatement Services, teamed up with the owner of Tampa's food truck to show their appreciation for officers in their city.
Allen said, “Let's do this. Let's show them that we can be part of the mature community and pull together. It's not about separating each other. It's about pulling together.”
Tampa's, known for its waffles and fried chicken, made sure every officer on every shift was fed a meal. Allen's Abatement Services covered the cost.
Sergeant Christopher Fry said, “You can see the guys are happy, in a great mood, laughing. It goes a long way and it's impacted the officers more greatly than the Allen family knows.”
In Orange, there is an officer appreciation night being planned for officers and their significant others.
Jim Hassenmayer, owner of Orange Ale House said, “It was just last night we decided we have to do something. We can't wait any longer.”
On August 10, from 6-9, officers from the Orange, Milford, and West Haven Police departments and their guest will get a free meal and a drink courtesy of Orange Ale House and Fleet Auto. The public is also invited to join them for a $25 charge. All proceeds will go to a police charity of choice.
“I think the police officers need the public's support at this time,” said Hassenmayer.
Sergeant David Tammaro of the West Haven Police department says everyday it's been something positive.
“We are humbled by that appreciation of our community. We have a really great relationship with our community and it really doesn't surprise me,” said Tammaro.
Hassenmayer is asking that all officers who plan to attend call ahead and make a reservation. The number to the Orange Ale House is 203-795-0707.