Food Network chef provides free tacos for first responders

May 5, 2020

After a 25-year career at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, former captain Brad Simmons has found a new way to serve first responders all over the South Coast.

Over the past few weeks, the Dartmouth resident has teamed up with two-time Food Network Chopped champion Stephen Coe as part of his Feed The First Responders series. 

A week after their first event in New Bedford, the team made a stop at Dartmouth police headquarters to celebrate both Cinco de Mayo and those who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s nice people are doing stuff like this,” Police Chief Brian Levesque said. “It really boosts morale.”

Throughout the afternoon, police, paramedics, and other EMS workers were able to enjoy some sun, steel drums and delicious pork belly tacos made by Coe to celebrate the holiday.

“It’s the best taco I’ve ever had,” Dartmouth Police Detective Kyle Costa said.

Paramedics from STAT Dartmouth were also big fans of Coe’s tacos, saying they were particularly fond of how soft the pork belly was.

“It’s as close as I’ll ever get to Mexico,” paramedic Manny Dearujo said.

Simmons said his team has plans to continue to host events for the foreseeable future, including a Portuguese meal in Fall River. He added he is already planning for 2021.