Kicking off the holiday season, dozens of Beaufort-Port Royal firefighters dined on pulled pork barbecue Friday courtesy of MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union, A Division of CPM Federal Credit Union.
The luncheon, catered by Smokey Chef, is one way the credit union says “thanks” to firefighters for their service, said Drew Posta, regional manager of the credit union.
“Every year in the holidays, each division takes a meal to their local firefighters to say thank you for all they do, and to let them know we are here to help, whether it’s with lunch or with lending,” Posta said.
This is the first year they’ve done the lunch in Beaufort because CPM only recently merged with the MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union. There are 16 branch offices of the CPM Federal Credit Union across South Carolina.
“This is a wonderful treat for our firefighters, to enjoy good food, good fellowship and the support of our community,” said Fire Chief Sammy Negron. “During the holidays, our firefighters spend a lot of time away from their families, so that makes this lunch special.”
MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union, A Division of CPM Federal Credit Union, provides financial services to the SC Firefighters’ Association, including free checking and full lending services, Posta said.
“It’s important to us to demonstrate to these firefighters that the Beaufort and Port Royal communities appreciate what they do, what they sacrifice, on a daily basis,” Posta said. “During the holidays, our company tries to do a little extra and bringing a barbecue lunch to the fire headquarters seemed like a good way to say ‘happy holidays.’ ”