Juicy burger, ‘Dayton Strong T-shirts’ and raffle tickets part of bar’s effort to show appreciation to first responders

“The first responders have done so much this year.”

A Dayton restaurant known for its big, juicy burgers is serving up a “tank” in support of Dayton’s first line of defense.

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Tank’s Bar and Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave. in Dayton, is selling its New Holland Beerburger — a  brown-ale-beer infused burger on a special bun topped with bacon and imported blue cheese or white cheddar — for $11.99.

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Credit: Tank's Bar and Grill

Two dollars from the sale of each burger will be donated to the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police as part of a fundraising effort that also includes the sale of a special “Dayton Strong” first responders T-shirt, a silent auction and a raffle that ends at 7 p.m. Monday,  Dec. 23.

The eight-ounce “Tank burger” comes with unlimited fries or unlimited onion rings and will be sold through Dec. 31, Tanks owner Debra Tankersley told us.

"The first responders have done so much this year," she said. "The police and the fire department need to be recognized. That's why we are doing it."

Tankersley said the FOP is working with Dayton firefighters.

Dayton’s police and firefighters have been praised this year for their responses to the Memorial Day tornadoes, Klan rally and Aug. 4 mass shooting in the Oregon District.

Credit: Tank's Bar and Grill

Credit: Tank's Bar and Grill

Six Dayton police officers received the Presidental Medals of Valor for killing the 24-year-old Bellbrook man who shot and killed nine in that historic neighborhood.

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At least 40 others were injured badly enough to require medical attention.

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The law enforcement community took a heavy hit in November when 55-year-old Dayton Police Detective Jorge Del Rio was killed while serving a warrant with a Drug Enforcement Administration task force.

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Tankersley and her staff hope to raise at least $5,000 from the sale of the burgers, T-shirts and the raffle and silent auction.

The specially designed Dayton Strong shirts are $20 with $10 going to the FOP, Tankersley said.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Twenty-two baskets containing items collected by Tank’s manager Rex Hunter are up for grabs.

Credit: Tank's Bar and Grill

Credit: Tank's Bar and Grill

Items include gift cards and items from the Pine Club, Outback Steakhouse, Auto Zone, Toxic Brew Company, Trader Joe’s, The Dublin Pub, The Dayton Dragons, Dot’s Market, LA Tan, Great Escape Room and Heidelberg Distributing Company.

The silent auction includes three neon bar signs, six beer tins, a painting of John Lennon like the one that hangs in Tank’s and a professionally painted snow board.

“We just want to show our appreciation,” Tankersley said.

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Credit: Tank's Bar and Grill

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