SAN ANGELO, TX — "A huge appreciation for what they do and what they stand for," said Brett Fulkerson, district manager of Firehouse Subs in San Angelo.

Telecommunicators, or dispatchers, are the first line to first responders. They are the calming, highly-trained voice people hear when they dial 9-1-1.

"Those dispatchers - getting those people out to where they need as quick as possible saving lives and helping others,” said Fulkerson.

They don't always get the recognition that they deserve. So one of the newest eateries in San Angelo decided to treat the dispatchers with a hearty meal.

"I have so much appreciation for them without them a lot of things could go wrong," said Fulkerson.

The high stress job along with little compensation is the daily routine of these unseen heroes.

"Anything we can do to help give back as well is something that we love to do right here at Firehouse,” said Fulkerson. “We really focus on our public safety foundation and making sure that we always continue to give back to those who help others.”

Fulkerson says this is just a small way to remind them that what they do matters.

"They were doing little bit of dispatch training for those dispatchers showing that appreciation to them, once we got that phone call it was an easy 'hey we'd love to help you out'," said Fulkerson.