Family of fallen Pineville firefighter gives back, showers local departments with cookies

- Cookies, cookies, and more cookies!

The family of fallen firefighter Richard Sheltra is giving back, and asking others to do the same by showering fire departments and police departments with cookies in memory of Richard. 

FOX 46 Charlotte spoke with Richard's sister who said she's so grateful. 

Tyler Sheltra was supposed to be celebrating with her younger brother Richard. Thursday, June 2 would have been Richard's 21st birthday. 

Chocolate-chip cookies would have been served. Family said it's Richard's favorite recipe - heath bar chocolate chip cookies. They're homemade, just what Richard loved. 

According to his sister, he would have probably been at the firehouse with his fellow firefighters eating cookies, and celebrating life. 

But sadly this year, Richard isn't here to celebrate. He gave his life as a volunteer fireman to keep his community safe. Back in April, Richard died fighting a fire in Pineville. 

"During a time of grief and sorrow, we have really found joy in pouring into you guys."

And that's why Tyler was at Charlotte Fire Department Station 8 on Thursday. 

"Thank you guys for your service."

To say thank you to the firemen. 

Tyler said, "They are homemade by me. They are my brother's favorite recipe, I'll give you this."

And to bring cookies, and milk to as many firefighters and police as possible. The "cookie movement" started as a request from the Sheltra family on Facebook in Richard's memory on his 21st birthday. 

And the request quickly spread across the country. 

Charlotte Firefighter Senterrio Landrum said, "People just kept ringing the doorbell bringing cookies and cookies and cookies, so I'll definitely be eating a lot of cookies."

All of the handwritten notes attached to the cookies that Tyler brought came from students at Smithfield Elementary School. That's where Richard and Tyler went to school.

One of the children's notes read, "You're awesome, thank you for keeping us safe…"

And while Tyler said Richard wasn't the kind to want all the attention...

"Oh my Lord. Richard, he would be so embarrassed. He was kind of a humble soul and a humble spirit, very quiet in his demeanor."

Tyler Sheltra said her brother would have been "all in" for families of fallen firefighters. 

She said, "We're honoring him, and he's an honorable man."

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