On Friday, employees from two local payday loan stores thanked Lexington police officers and firefighters in a time-honored fashion: with cake.
Managers from Cash Express delivered more than 25 cakes, bought from a Wal-Mart bakery, to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11.
A full sheet cake — about 80 servings — was delivered to each fire station and police roll call center in Lexington.
Writing on the cakes read, "Thanks for your support to the community."
Manager Tracy Inskeep and Assistant Manager LaShawn Fonden began making the rounds at about 8:30 a.m. and called it a day around 5 p.m., Fonden said.
According to a news release, Cash Express stores in Kentucky and Tennessee have donated cake to emergency responders every year since 9/11.
"The tragic events of 9/11 unfortunately reminded us that life can be too short. We must remember to say thanks and express gratitude when we can," the release said. "Small gestures can carry big messages."