After winning a Super Bowl LV bet, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer treated a group of Tallahassee firefighters to lunch Wednesday afternoon.
CFO Jimmy Patronis, also the State Fire Marshal, made a wager about the big game with his counterpart, Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, on Feb. 5.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium, Fitzpatrick shipped food from Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City to Tallahassee.
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Patronis then shared it with the men and women at Tallahassee Fire Station No. 1 on Adams Street, a short walk from the Capitol.
“People don’t realize the role that these men and women play every single day, 24/7, 365,” Patronis said. “These men and women work on Christmas, they work on birthdays, they even work during the Super Bowl.
“So today we’re celebrating some of our winnings with them, thanks to the winning victory of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
Joined by 10-year-old son Johnny, Patronis credited Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady for the team’s victory.
Patronis said he plans to mail some grouper to Fitzpatrick as a friendly gesture and a thank you for participating in the bet.
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