Shane’s Rib Shack offers free meals to first responders June 23 – 30

Press Release from Shane's Rib Shack

ATLANTA, GA  Shane’s Rib Shack is showing its appreciation for the courage, commitment and service of local community heroes during its annual Fire & EMS Appreciation Week, which runs from Sunday, June 23 through Sunday, June 30. 

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Throughout the week, Shane’s Rib Shack is offering free meals for all firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at local, participating locations. Each meal for local heroes will include a Big Dad® BBQ Pork Sandwich, a 20-oz. beverage and one side item. In advance of Fire & EMS Appreciation Week, Shane’s Rib Shack Crew members will travel around their local areas, visiting fire stations and emergency medical service facilities to distribute certificates to redeem the free meals.

In addition to the free meals, personalized ‘Thank You’ Cards will be available for any customers wishing to thank a first responder or share a positive story or experience they’ve had with firefighters and EMS men and women. Shane’s Rib Shack will deliver all of the ‘Thank You’ Cards to stations following the conclusion of the week’s festivities. Shane’s Rib Shack Crew members will also wear special edition “We Love Our Local Heroes!” t-shirts, a “Thank You” banner will also be placed inside participating locations. 

Shane Thompson, founder of Shane’s Rib Shack, says he and his wife, Stacey, started the annual event, because they wanted to honor local heroes who don’t get nearly the gratitude they deserve. 

“First responders sacrifice so much for the well-being of communities around our nation, and they never ask for recognition in return,” Thompson said. “The idea behind Fire & EMS Appreciation Week is to tell our brave men and women that, while we will never be able to fully repay the debt they’ve given through their heroism, we deeply appreciate everything they do to keep our friends, families and neighbors safe. We hope this small gesture will make them feel valued and will also help the community to be more appreciative for the extremely important work they do every day.”

Though Shane’s Rib Shack’s mission is serving delicious, world-class barbecue, the company also emphasizes making positive impacts to the local communities it serves. Over the next year, Shane’s Rib Shack will also host appreciation weeks for military members and police officers. 

For more information on Fire & EMS Appreciation Week, as well as any other Shane’s Rib Shack promotions, visit Those interested can also connect with the restaurant on Facebook ( or Instagram ( to learn about ways Shane’s Rib Shack supports the community, details on upcoming photo contests and exclusive offers for loyal guests.  

* Certificates will be delivered to stations surrounding each Shane’s Rib Shack location. Proof of service required, valid at participating locations nationwide.

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