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Retailers offer deals for National First Responders Day

These stores and restaurants are saying thanks with discounts in person and online


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By Leila Merrill
Editorial Staff

National First Responders Day isn’t a major shopping holiday for others, but for first responders, it can be a time to accept some thanks in the form of discounts.

Some stores or restaurants offer reduced-price options for first responders, while others go all out and make their products or services free.

Here’s a list of how some national companies are recognizing First Responders Day. If you know of additional offerings, let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

Limited-time only

Lowe’s is offering $10 off a qualifying purchase worth at least $75, redeemable from Oct. 21 through Oct. 28, on

Firehouse Subs is offering first responders in uniform or with a valid ID a free medium sub with any dine-in or takeout purchase on Oct. 28.

At Macaroni Grill, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers and hospital medical staffers can get a free order of ricotta meatballs and spaghetti. Dine-in only.

Anytime deals

Fire Department Coffee offers all first responders, emergency dispatchers, active military members and veterans a 15% discount for life.

The NFL Shop offers a 15% discount for first responders and their families., an online identity network company, allows people to prove their legal identity online. It also has a database of discounts for first responders for a variety of items – shoes, athletic clothes, coolers, computers and gadgets, to name just a few.

Local bargain-hunting

Want to find more discounts and freebies? Search #firstrespondersday, #nationalfirstrespondersday and similar hashtags on social media to see what new options pop up.

Some state fairs, rodeos, public and commercial parks, zoos and other attractions offer discounts or even free admissions for first responders. Other local businesses are offering ways to support first responders, from free haircuts to go-kart rides.

Do you know of a great deal not listed here? Post it below in the comments area.

Leila Merrill served as an assistant editor for FireRescue1 and EMS1. Merrill has worked as a writer, editor, copy editor, digital producer, journalist and communications professional for the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle and other companies. She double-majored in English and communications at Trinity University.