Michigan Heroes Receive Free Lunch from Ford

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Woodhaven dealership on a mission to thank local emergency crews.

The public safety officers and firefighters at the Trenton, Michigan, fire station recently received an extra-special thank you for their hard work and bravery. Gorno Ford — located in the nearby city of Woodhaven — partnered with the local Pizza Shack to provide pizza, bread, and drinks for the emergency crew. Trenton and Woodhaven are just two of the eighteen Detroit suburbs located along the western shore of the Detroit River and which are collectively known as Downriver.

Robert Alderman, sales manager for government and fleet vehicles at Gorno Ford, knows firsthand just how much the free lunch was appreciated. He’s a retired detective of the River Rouge Police Department. When approached with the suggestion from a fellow employee, Alderman told the News-Herald, “I thought it was a great idea, and using my contacts, we put this together.”

According to James Nardone, Trenton’s director of police and fire services, about 20 officers and firefighters were able to enjoy the meal and were grateful to Gorno Ford for the gesture. Nardone acknowledged that all of the dealership’s community outreach is appreciated. “The commitment to Trenton by the Gorno family is genuine,” Nardone said. “From the Fourth of July fireworks display to the police and fire luncheon, the Gorno team supports our community.”

Gorno Ford isn’t stopping with the city of Trenton, either. Alderman said Gorno Ford is partnering with Pizza Shack in August to bring free lunches to first responders in Woodhaven and Grosse Ile.

Giving back to the community is not new to Ford. They’ve been doing it for the past 100 years. “For more than a century Ford has been committed to improving the world,” the company says. “Through volunteering and charitable giving, we provide support that strengthens the global community.”

Dan Gregory is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums and Ford F-150 Online.

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