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Randy and Friends honors first responders with refreshments
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Randy and Friends showed appreciation to Gainesville Police Chief Carol Martin and other Gainesville officers, plus other first responders on Aug. 24 at the Rooster’s Perch on Bradford Street in Gainesville. - photo by For The Times

Randy and Friends welcomed first responders for a day of free coffee, doughnuts and juice Aug. 24 at the Rooster’s Perch on Bradford Street in Gainesville.

The group emailed first responders the day before the free refreshments to let them know of the effort to show appreciation for them.

Gainesville Police and Gainesville Fire Department employees were among those who came by that day.

“We are truly grateful for all that they do,” said Dexter Williams, job coach at Randy and Friends. “We are a safer community because of them.”

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