Sewickley-area first responders treated to 9/11 dinner

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 9:29 AM

Sewickley-area police officers and firefighters were treated to an appreciation dinner at the Cochran Hose Company’s station on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Wednesday.

The feast of lasagna, meatballs, sausage, pierogies, salad and more was prepared by Sewickley residents Matt and Jenn Custer. Safran’s Supermarket, the Ultimate Pastry and Bruegger’s Bagels provided a cookie tray, dessert and coffee, respectively.

The 9/11 dinners were started about nine years ago by local resident Josie White, whose brother, Ed White, is a retired Pittsburgh firefighter. Josie White was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Initially, the 9/11 dinners were held only for City of Pittsburgh first responders, but through the years have grown to include more than 200 volunteers, feeding more than 1,000 firefighters and police officers in the city and area suburbs.