The Dickey Foundation Helping First Responders Across Michigan

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The Dickey Foundation Helping First Responders Across Michigan

Donation will provide Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to first responders

Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.comThe Dickey Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, will provide lifesaving AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) to the hard working first responders of multiple law enforcement departments across the state of Michigan.

Members of the Dickey Foundation will present these generous donations of these essential AED devices to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, Hart Police Department, Pentwater Police Department, Shelby Police Department, Walkerville Police Department, Rothbury Police Department, and New Era Police Department.

On Monday, November 7th at 11:30 a.m., the Dickey Foundation along with local Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Owner/Operator Andre Bushell will present the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office with the AED equipment. This will take place at the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office located at 851 Woodmere Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686.

Additionally on Tuesday, November 8th at 11:30 a.m., the Dickey Foundation will also visit the Oceana County Police Department located at 844 S Griswold Street Hart, MI 49420 to spend some time with the brave first responders and present them with their AED equipment.

“As we know, law enforcement officers are often dispatched first to the scene of a medical emergency.” said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “Therefore, it’s not uncommon for officers to begin rendering medical care prior to EMS arrival. These AEDs allow officers to provide a higher level of patient care for their communities.” 

The AED donations have a combined value of more than $15,000 and The Dickey Foundation is proud that they can support local first responders by providing them with these critically important, lifesaving apparatuses.

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About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest barbecue concept, was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. For the past 80 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has served millions of guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue.™ At Dickey’s, all our barbecued meats are smoked onsite in a hickory wood burning pit. Dickey’s proudly believes there’s no shortcut to true barbecue and it’s why they never say bbq. The Dallas-based, family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. The fast-casual concept has expanded worldwide with international locations in the UAE and Japan. Dickey’s Restaurant brands have over 550 locations nationwide. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list, was named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2018 and was named to Hospitality Technology Industry Heroes in 2021. Led by CEO Laura Rea Dickey, who was named among the country’s 50 most influential women in foodservice in 2020 by Nation’s Restaurant News and was recognized as one of the top 25 industry leaders on Fast Casual’s 2020 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Fox News, Forbes Magazine, Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal and QSR Magazine. For more information, visit

Shannon Santos
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

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