Sysco Honors Louisville, KY, Firefighters for Daring Rescue

March 23, 2024
Louisville Firefighter Bryce Carden, who rappelled to rescue the driver, lauded his team for the success of the operation.

Firefighters in two Louisville fire stations can skip going to the grocery store for a while as their pantries are well-stocked.

Sysco donated 1,500 pounds of food to the firefighters in appreciation for the heroic rescue of one of its drivers earlier this month.

As the rig's cab dangled off the Clark Memorial Bridge, Firefighter Bryce Carden rappelled to rescue the driver. The dramatic operation was watched around the world.

On Friday, Sysco officials provided the ingedients for the surf and turf grilled and enjoyed at the fire department training academy, WLKY reported. 

“It is an absolute miracle what occurred that day. And we can't, with words, express the true gravity and significance of the appreciation that we have as a Sysco family for the amazing team that is behind me today,” said Sysco CEO Kevin Hourican.

Carden said of the rescue: “Yeah, I was the guy that went over the rope, but without all the guys behind me and all the training that we've put in over time, it doesn't happen. So we, as you've seen, we ran as a well-oiled machine, and I contribute all the success to them."

In addition to the lunch and food donation, the company also gave firefighters $20.000 for the annual fundraiser gala. 

Louisville FIre Chief Brian O'Neill remarked: “A firehouse is called a firehouse because we live there for one-third of our lives. And something that we do as a family every day is we cook meals together. Two firehouses was stocked with 1,500 pounds of food for the firefighters. So we really, really appreciate what Sysco has done for us today to bring out and feed everybody in the department.”