First responder's special delivery

Published: Jan. 18, 2019 at 6:08 PM CST
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Clean up at the site of Thursday's explosion in Watford City will be no easy task. Health Department personnel are on the scene, but the Department of Mineral Resources has not taken the lead. They say the amount of oil and water spilled could pose a hazard to whatever lies below the surface.

McKenzie County emergency responders have dealt with two disasters near and around Watford City since last summer, and their neighbors are making sure they're taken care of. First responders and emergency management crews worked around the clock Thursday not only to make sure the explosions were contained but also to make sure no one was in danger. A local pizza shop returned the favor by making sure everyone who responded to the blasts were well fed.

Giotto's Pizza made one of their most important deliveries Thursday afternoon.

"We did have a local person call us and ask us to help out. Someone who had been affected by the tornado last year wanted to make sure we made a difference in helping them out as well," said Kristen Robinholt, Giotto's Pizza owner.

Giotto's delivered eight pies and a whole bunch of cheese bread for the responders at the White Owl saltwater disposal site.

"It means a lot because everybody's hungry. If you're out here you can't just leave and get something to eat. It was very kind and very gracious that they were able to do something like that," said McKenzie County Sheriff Matthew Johanson.

Robinholt said that their single act of kindness is a drop in the bucket compared to the way first responders give back everyday.

"Everybody was helping everybody. They're amazing. They put 100% percent into everything they do. Helping out every neighbor, every person," said Robinholt.

Fueling those that always come to the rescue.