Alexandria church delivers hundreds of hot meals to first responders

Parishioners from Alfred Street Baptist Church gave out a ton of barbecue meals to the first responders at Fire Station 204 in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday.

Parishioners from Alfred Street Baptist Church gave out a ton of barbecue meals to the first responders at Fire Station 204 in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday.

Parishioners from Alfred Street Baptist Church gave out a ton of barbecue meals to the first responders at Fire Station 204 in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday.

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A local church in Alexandria, Virginia, gave out nearly 600 hot meals to first responders and law enforcement across the city as a thank you for keeping residents safe during the pandemic.

The first stop was Fire Station 204 on Second Street. There, Reverend Zina Jacque from Alfred Street Baptist Church greeted Fire Chief Corey Smedley with 70 Styrofoam containers of pulled pork and pulled chicken and sides from Rocklands BBQ.



“This is special this year because we very much wanted to bless these men and women who have kept us safe during this period of unprecedented need,” said Jacque.

COVID-19 numbers are surging in Virginia and hospitalizations numbers are rising as well, though not as high as previous surges during the pandemic. As of Thursday, 1,923 people were hospitalized with COVID in the commonwealth.

The fast-moving Omicron variant is causing an additional strain on first responders. Fire Chief Corey Smedley said the department is facing a staffing shortage, with 30 firefighters and EMT’s home sick out of a 280 person workforce.

“It’s really special to know that people are caring enough to take time out of their day…they are dealing with COVID and other things in their life…and they are helping us,” said Smedley. “We just really appreciate that.”

Jacque said they would continue to drop off hot meals throughout the day to additional firefighters, emergency dispatch crews as well as Alexandria police officers and the Alexandria Sheriff’s office.

Shayna Estulin

Shayna Estulin is an anchor/reporter for WTOP. She started her career in New York City as a local TV reporter and has since covered foreign affairs and national politics as a Washington correspondent. She also anchored a nightly news show for an international network.

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