Eighteen years have passed and the world still mourns those who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. For the families and friends of those who did not survive, the images of first responders running toward the crumbling Twin Towers trying to save others, are indeed worth the story.

On 9/11 this year, an anonymous donor wanted to make sure that all the first responders at Back Yard Burgers, in Independence, Missouri—a popular lunch spot for first responders—are taken care of and feel appreciated. Every officer, firefighter, and paramedic would get a free meal, and got the story—even those who went through the drive-thru.

“He wants to be known by ‘That Damned Okie’ because he’s from Oklahoma,” Manager Jeff Pepperman said.

The donor had footed the bill. Pepperman told FOX4KC that the man had to rearrange his finances in order to do it. 

But Pepperman said it was the donated dollar amount that brought them both to tears.

“So he reaches in his pocket,” Pepperman said, “and he hands me $911, in cash.”

Independence Police Officer Jeffrey Buck said it was a surprise for him and his crew. “It just takes you back to this day and what this day means and remember everything that happened,” he said.

Employees said they decorated a special wall in the Back Yard Burger entrance for firefighters after 9/11, FOX4KC reported. Marr said the support means the world, especially on the day we remember the attacks.

“After 911, this many years later, that they still think about us like this,” firefighter Thaddeus Marr said. “It really shows their support for us and how much that we mean to them and we really appreciate that.”