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Never Forget Our First Responders

Kelly Risk stands with LifeSouth staff while encouraging first responders to donate blood to pull their team into first place. From left to right: Kelly Risk, Tamika Harris, Chelsie Bratton, Angela Williams.

Co-Founder David Dekle greets Mobile County Sheriffs as they visit the local attractions before entering the restaurant for their FREE Never Forget Lunch.

City of Prichard police officers stand with local vendors, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and WildNative Delta Safaris, who passed out information on their company and also provided free or discounted admission for first responders.

The Original Oyster House restaurants honored over 850 Mobile and Baldwin County law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics at its Never Forget FREE Lunch on Monday, September 11, 2017. The 10th Annual Never Forget Lunch was established in honor of the 9/11 First Responders who risked their lives and also to recognize all first responders for their service. “We want to do our part to honor, thank and practice what we preach in never forgetting those who run into dark alleys, burning buildings and toward danger to protect and save,” said David Dekle, co-founder of the Original Oyster House. 

In its third year, the blood drive at the Mobile Causeway location sponsored by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in memory of 9/11 victims, again encompassed friendly competition between Firefighters, Law Enforcement and EMTs. “25 units of blood were collected which equates to saving around 75 lives. The firemen became the new winners this year for the most donations,” stated Angela Williams, district community development coordinator. All blood donations collected will be distributed to hospitals in Mobile, Baldwin, and Escambia Counties.

Several attractions including Visit Mobile, Gulf Coast Duck Boat, USS Alabama Battleship, GulfQuest Museum, Forte Conde, Delta Wildlife Safaris and Airboat Express joined the Original Oyster House to pay tribute to first responders and provided free admission or discounted admission. Dan Mason of iHeart Radio provided a live broadcast from the Mobile Causeway location.

 The Original Oyster House has become the “must-go-to” place for great fresh Gulf seafood, service and southern hospitality and for its panoramic waterfront sunsets. A top-spot for hand-shucked and fire-grilled oysters, the Original Oyster House has also become legendary for its homemade gumbo, cheesy grits with blackened shrimp, as well as handcrafted desserts including its famous Peanut Butter Pie. Patrons, employees and children are welcomed as family. Known as an employer of choice, the Original Oyster House has long-time, loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service. Consistently earning high marks in customer satisfaction, the Original Oyster House’s mission is to exceed customer’s expectations and received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Causeway and Gulf Shores: 701 Hwy 59 on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 30 years. For more information about the Original Oyster House, visit www.originaloysterhouse.com/911 or call 251-928-2620.