A heartwarming story out of Aspen, Colorado showcases the power of a paycheck… and good food. Sgt. Rob Fabrocini, a police officer from Aspen, was checking in on a popular homeless campsite in the area, reportedly located near the Aspen Valley Hospital in Castle Creek Valley.
He’d received reports of smoke billowing from the site Tuesday evening, according to The Aspen Times. Concerned about a fire, Sgt. Fabrocini made his way through brush to witness an unlikely scene.
Two homeless men, who were reportedly well-known to the department, were responsible for the smoke. However, there was no danger, as the officer had feared.
“They were grilling — are you ready for this — lobster tails, rack of lamb and salmon steaks,” Fabrocini told the Times.
While Fabrocini reports having had cold pizza for lunch, the men in the camp had a hibachi grill loaded with the decadent, high-end morsels.
“You guys are eating pretty good,” he recalled telling them as they prepared to enjoy their feast.
The men reported that they’d just received a paycheck and were celebrating with the meal, Fabrocini said. Unfortunately, the seafood celebration was creating a potential hazard.
“They also had a 12-pack of Stella (Artois) that was unopened, and I said, ‘You guys can’t be cooking in the woods when it’s this dry,’” Fabrocini told them.
The two men used some of their beer to douse the fire and comply, Fabrocini says. He then suggested another spot where the men could resume their party and grill in safety.
According to Fox 31, the men were not cited or arrested.
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