Roswell Rotary held a socially distanced, drive-thru cookout for Roswell's first responders Sept. 19.

The event was in place of Roswell's annual 9/11 Ceremony, which was cancelled to due the coronavirus. During the cookout, first responders were able to remain in their vehicles while volunteers from Roswell Rotary and the Cottage School brought them food and drinks. 

Over 100 first responders — including police, fire, EMS and 911 operators — were served during Saturday's event. 

"The most rewarding part of the day was the smiles on the faces and the genuine thank you’ s we received," Roswell Rotary Club president Lynne Lindsay said. "They shared so much appreciation, it is something that will forever be ingrained in my mind."

Volunteers served over 200 burgers and hot dogs, drinks and popsicles from Atlanta's King of Pops. 

"I am also grateful for the opportunity just to get to know them," Lindsey said. "They are real people who accept difficult responsibilities every day."

While the event was a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Rotary hopes to make this a yearly event.

Roswell's 9/11 Ceremony was just one of many events to be cancelled and/or postponed due to the pandemic. Roswell Mayor Lori Henry says they have not made a decision regarding any of Roswell's holiday events, such as the Roswell Tree Lighting. 

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