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Tarrytown Hotel Staffer Honors First Responders

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – How many guests at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel are aware of all the folks who work tirelessly to perfect their stay—people like the concierge at the front desk, the housekeepers and the catering staff?

And what about the paramedics who rush to the hotel when a guest beomes ill or the firefighters who swoop in to extinguish a kitchen fire?

David Ribbens, the director of food and beverage, asked himself this question four years ago and decided to do something about it.

His idea was the 9/11 First Responders Appreciation Dinner, honoring not only the men and women from the Tarrytown area who raced to the World Trade Center almost 10 years ago to risk their own lives, but also the forgotten uniforms who aid the community on a daily basis.

“They come when the alarms go off or if there are client issues. We know [the police and paramedics] put tremendous effort into their jobs, and a lot of people aren’t thankful enough,” said Ribbens.

At last year’s event, around 150 first-responders stopped in for the fun. This boss behind the hotel eatery, Bistro Z, came up with the idea because of a close connection with the tragic event.

“I used to work in the city and a number of friends went down and around Ground Zero on the day of [the attacks],” added Ribbens.

Hopefully, folks will be reminded that policemen do more than hand out speeding tickets.

The event will take place this year on Friday, Sep. 9.

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