SPOKANE, Wash. -

A popular Spokane restaurant served first responders a three course meal Wednesday night to thank them for their service to our community and to remember the lives lost on 9/11.

Debi Moon, general manager of Clinkerdagger, came up with the idea and asked KXLY to help serve the meals.

"It's more of an honor to be able to serve them and make them have a special night and give the community an opportunity to sponsor them and just make a difference in their life because they do it for us all the time," said Debi Moon.

Moon said 160 first responders made reservations for the prime rib and salmon feast. At least 30 of the meals were paid for by donations. The other meals were provided at a reduced cost.

"They don't know the meals are paid for by their sponsors so it's just a nice surprise at the end of the meal when we can say thank you, this has been taken care of for you," she added.

Matt Johnson, an electrician with the Washington State Department of Transportation, said he was honored to have a special meal with his wife.

"It's nice," said Johnson.

"To me it's just my job, that's what I do at 3 a.m. It's an important job and I got out and do it. But, to be recognized a little more helps make it worthwhile," he added.
Johnson responds to emergencies at all hours of the day.

"Anything that involves electricity along the highway system. So when somebody hits something that is electrical we go out and make sure it's safe before other things can happen," said Johnson.

Johnson also reflected on 9/11, remembering the moment when he heard about the attacks.

At a nearby table, a Spokane firefighter, who asked to not be named, wore a hat with the number 343- the number of firefighters who died on 9/11. Several police officers and other emergency responders enjoyed a three course meal as well.

This is the first year Clinkerdagger hosted a dinner for first responders. Moon hopes to have more donations next year.