B.G.F.D. teams up with local restaurant for charity

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green Fire Department tested their cooking skills Wednesday night at Steamer Seafood restaurant.

No strangers to handling the heat, a group of Bowling Green Firefighters took to the kitchen for a chance to raise money for their "Shop with a Firefighter" program.

"It supports 50 to 60 kids per year, and we take them to Meijer," says Andy Shultz of the BGFD, "and basically we'll take a shopping cart, we'll fill it up with toys they want to pick out, and they get to go home with them. It's a really cool event."

For $15, customers at Steamer Seafood got a chance to try a firehouse specialty.

"I saw this program that they had done called Firehouse Kitchen," says owner Dale Augenstein. "They made shrimp étouffée, and I said that's it. What a great opportunity to bring the firemen into the restaurant, make their famous shrimp étouffée, sell it, and raise money to help children."

Augenstein also says it should be a priority to give back to the community to the best of your ability.

"We pride ourselves on Philanthropy," he says. "It's the basic core of everything that we do, and this was a wonderful case to showcase the firefighters and what they do."

"It's not every day you get to come out and cook for people that show up," says Andy Shultz. "I like cooking, so it's not a big deal to me, but other guys may not like it as much. It's just been awesome to serve in that way."

Even if they don't like to cook, they all have at least one thing in common.

"Everybody that works at the Fire Department has a passion to give," says Shultz, "and you can ask any of us and we'll probably say something very similar to that, so doing that in a way that affects kids is more so, it's even better."

Shultz says this time of the year, it's important to imagine walking a mile in somebody else's shoes:

"I grew up, I was blessed, but there're others in this area who might not have been as blessed, so having an opportunity to give and to serve and to do things is something that as a fire department it's been really cool to do."

100% of proceeds from their Firehouse Kitchen event will go to the "Shop with a Firefighter" program on December 17.

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