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Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow First Responders Thanked

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Firefighters, police officers, EMS workers and volunteers from Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow gathered at the Tarrytown DoubleTree Hotel on Friday night for good food and conversation at an appreciation dinner held in their honor.

Friday's barbecue dinner was given by the DoubleTree Hotel to thank the first responders for the live-saving jobs they do every day. This was the fourth annual appreciation dinner.

“These people are here all the time and let me tell you, when there's an emergency they are here,” General Manager Rich Friedman said. “They take care of us.”

Friedman said the dinner started off as a way to introduce the hotel to the community after it reopened. Friedman worked with former Tarrytown Fire Chief Pete Saracelli. They decided to do something and the dinner was created.

The dinner started off slowly, but more and more families trickled in as they got off work. They headed to the outdoor patio where a buffet had been set up. Guests mingled and caught up with each other while they ate.

Kraft Foods donated flats of coffee for both village's firehouses, Friedman said. The hotel also had giveaways. The Jewish Community Center came to the event, giving away free six-month memberships to the first responders' families.

Assistant Executive Director Lisa Feinman said the JCC was very appreciative of the first responders and “all the wonderful things that they've done.”

Friedman also noted that the first responders have given back to the hotel.

“They also recommend us,” he said. “All these people are connected. You know somebody getting married, high school reunions, so it's been a good marriage for both of us. They're great and nice people and we like doing it.”

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