EDDYVILLE, KY — They patrol our communities, fight fires and help us when we’re sick. First responders put their lives on the line, and often times don’t get the recognition and appreciation they deserve. The Joint, a restaurant in Eddyville, is trying to change that.
Jared and his wife Allison own The Joint. They say they wanted to find a way to honor the men and women in uniform. Both of them have family members that serve in the military and law enforcement, leading them to make that a part of their business model.
“The military has just kind of held a special place for us, so as soon as we started, we said 10 percent off to all military. And then with my brother’s background in police, we said first responders also,” says Jared.
That 10 percent discount lead to another idea of giving first responders on duty a free cup of coffee. Jared says it’s the least they can do.
“They may have just come from an accident where, you know, where they had three fatalities and they’re the first on the scene and they had to hold someone’s hand while the EMTs are getting there, and they’re trying to assure you that you’re going to be okay even though they aren’t for sure,” says Jared.
Lyon County Deputy Sheriff Sam Adams says knowing that the community supports them helps him through tough times on the job.
“We had a crash just a few weeks ago that they were on the interstate for over 12 hours, and just the fact that we have support from the community means a lot,” says Adams.
Jared says it’s a recognition they deserve.
“They’re human just like everybody else. Do they make mistakes? Yes, but they have chosen a profession to serve others and they deserve some recognition for that obviously,” says Jared.