For weeks now, area first responders have enjoyed a complimentary catfish lunch. Here’s the deal.


Stephenville Police Chief Dan Harris (left) and Lt. James Gresham are pictured with four-year-old Everett and Cooper Hussey Friday at Littlejohn Produce.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Imagine the scene: 40 to 50 first responders from across Erath County filling up a local restaurant for lunch every Friday afternoon. And it doesn’t cost them a cent.

That’s the scene that has played out for four weeks now at the restaurant at Littlejohn Produce.

Sherri Littlejohn told Beneath the Surface News that various people – from local businessmen to citizens who just want to do something nice – have picked up the tab for the weekly lunch.

“It started with the staff at Tanglewood Pharmacy – Ed Horton, Courtney Bowen and Denys Coates. They told me they wanted to buy lunch for all the first responders,” Sherri said. “The next week Ben and Riki Lee Pinkston paid for lunch.”

All that goodwill just kept spreading, and over the next two weeks, folks who simply call themselves “appreciative citizens” stepped up to keep it going.

“We have been feeding about 40 each week, but we had about 50 today (Friday),” Sherri said. “It’s neat because the whole restaurant fills up with firemen and cops. They really enjoy it and they love the catfish.

“It’s been a lot of fun.”

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