SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Wellington at Springfield held their annual barbecue on Wednesday afternoon to thank their first responders for their hard work.

This year’s barbecue was a little different than previous barbecues due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The food was grab-and-go in order to practice social distancing.

“Despite all that’s going on, they still risk their lives to save lives and just be there for us,” Emma Burke of The Wellington told 22News. “They come out to every emergency here, whether it’s to help our residents or if there’s a fire, they are first to respond going in no questions asked. So this is just a little token to say thank you for all that they do.”

This is the fourth year the Wellington has held this annual barbecue.