Business founded by firefighters rallies behind KCFD stations who lost fellow servicemen

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Numerous events have taken place this week to honor Kansas City, Missouri, fallen firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh. It goes to show even the smallest of acts supporting those in mourning go a long way.

People have been dropping off food and flowers to the firemen at stations 10 and 17 all week, but on Friday a company founded by firemen made a special delivery.

“It means a lot, the support from the community, Firehouse Subs, and different restaurants, it`s been amazing, and constant,” said Salvatore Pernice, a firefighter. “It`s been rough, it`s just been a tough week.”

Local firefighters are still mourning the loss of the two firemen, who passed away saving lives earlier this week.

“It was shocking. You can`t really put it into words,” Pernice added. “The job, it`s like a family, it`s a brotherhood.”

Firehouse Subs brought the two stations of the fallen firefighters, lunch or dinner every day this week.

“In a time like this, it`s hard to know what to do, but the one thing we can do is provide some food,” said Robin Heath, the owner/operator of the Shawnee Firehouse Subs franchise.

“It lets people know they`re thinking about us, and supporting us,” said Heath, who invited FOX 4 along Friday as she dropped off their lunch.

“All of the franchisees in the area really wanted to do something to show these heroes how much we appreciate what they do,” Heath said.

Heath says first responders are very special to Firehouse Subs, in more ways than one.

“Firehouse Subs was founded by fireman, Chris and Robin Sorensen, were former firefighters,” said Heath.

The restaurant chains are decked out in fire equipment and pictures, and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation provides funding and support for local firefighters year round. But this week, the local franchises wanted to do even more to show their support.

“They risk their lives every day, and if we can do something to help that, in memory of these two that gave their lives, then that`s just a small part,” Heath said.

“It`s given us a break from having to decide what we`re going to cook for the day, and let us stay in the station and be with each other, and not have to go out in public quite as much to go to the store,” said Pernice.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is raising money for Kansas City area firefighters, to help them get any safety equipment they may need.

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