ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Several Rockford restaurants near the site of Friday’s standoff at a credit union stepped up for law enforcement who couldn’t leave the scene.
Among the contributing restaurants: Lino’s, Portillo’s, McDonald’s, and Dos Reales.
“We felt [we couldn’t] leave those people outside,” said Dos Reales General Manager Jose Gonzalez. “We decided to stay open until 10pm for them.”
One of the officers who came into the restaurant was hungry and all of the employees went straight to work.
“We started warming stuff [up] and serving tacos for everybody. We had [Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies], the marshals, local police, [and] we had FBI.”
Gonzalez estimates his restaurant fed 50 – 60 people.
“One of the officers said in 25 years of service, this [was] the first time something [was] free [for him.]”
That support didn’t go unnoticed. Gonzalez said the manager from heritage Credit Union, the site of Friday night’s standoff, left a $1,000 tip for his staff.
“When you saw that tip on the ticket, that tells you more than words how they feel and how… grateful they were.”