Metro firefighter’s mom cooks Thanksgiving lunch for 9 fire houses

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The mother of a South Fulton County firefighter isn’t just cooking for her family this Thanksgiving -- she’s cooking for 50 firefighters.

Channel 2′s Elizabeth Rawlins was in College Park, where Renee Mumford has made it an annual tradition to make sure that firefighters in South Fulton County are recognized and appreciated on Thanksgiving Day.

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Mumford is cooking meals for more than 50 men and women across nine different fire stations.


Mumford said she started the tradition after losing two of her three sons in a car accident near the station in 2016.

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“Station 7 arrived first on the scene,” Mumford said. “From that, we got to really know them. And then my other son decided to become a firefighter.”

Mumford’s third son, Sgt. Jerrell Mumford, started his career as a firefighter at Station 7.

“It means a lot that somebody is willing to go that extra mile, that somebody being my mom,” Jerrell Mumford said. “To feed us, to take care of us.”

Renee Mumford said it feels good to give back.

“So often, we forget about first responders,” Renee Mumford said.