ROY -- As a crew of firefighters makes its way into the break room of the Roy City Fire and Rescue Department, 5051 S. 1900 West, they each get a slice of baguette topped with a sample of the night's fare, including freshly made bruschetta, tomato sauce and a sausage stuffing.
"I'm glad he does all this stuff for tasting first," firefighter Tim Vega said, taking a bite from his baguette.
The food is courtesy of Roy resident Bob Quick, 51. Quick decided to prepare a dinner for the Roy fire crew in gratitude for the help they have given him over the years.
"These guys go out on a limb for us every day," Quick said. "They deal with death, they deal with maimed people."
Quick is dealing with advanced stages of coronary artery disease, a hereditary heart problem that caused him to have a massive heart attack in September 2004.
Paramedics from Roy Fire and Rescue transported Quick to the hospital by ambulance.
"We went for him for some cardiac-related issues several years ago and he actually died and we brought him back," Fire Chief Jason Poulsen said.
Quick said he was dead for about 3 1/2 minutes before the paramedics managed to resuscitate him.
"If they would have given up," Quick said, "I wouldn't have been here today."
Since that time, Quick has undergone 11 surgeries. He currently has 16 stents in his heart.
While he makes the dinner, he keeps his nitroglycerin and blood medication close at hand, atop his chef's knife set.
Quick said he gets to thank his doctors at least once a month, when he goes in to get checked out.
He brings them bread and food as well.
"I get to tell them thanks all the time," Quick said, "but I don't get to tell the fire department thank you."
With his time off, he thought it would be a good opportunity to thank the firefighters personally the best way he knows how, with food.
"Some people's therapy in life is different hobbies, but his is definitely cooking," Poulsen said. "His joys in life are cooking and helping others."
Quick studied culinary Arts at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College.
"He's a cook, and he's very good at it," Poulsen said.
As he prepares dinner, he wears a Roy City Fire and Rescue shirt under his white chef's smock.
He moves around the fire station kitchen, stirring the pot of sauce, mashing a pan filled with Italian sausage and checking the oven to see how his roasted tomatoes are turning out.
When he's done cooking, the menu will include bruschetta as an appetizer, sweet Italian stuffed mushrooms, sweet celery and spinach salad, with a main course of veggie and meat lasagna served with white chocolate bread.
Dessert is grilled peaches with sweet and sour whipped cream.
Most of the ingredients came from his garden. A stalk of basil and bowls of tomatoes wait on the counter to become another part of the meal.
It is the second time he has cooked for the Roy firefighters. He is trying to make a meal for each of the three shifts, keeping them all similar so no one is left out.
"I ain't the only one out there whose life they saved," Quick said.
Poulsen said he has had the opportunity to eat Quick's food in the past.
"I like his pastries," Poulsen said. "Everything is phenomenal what he cooks, but I have a sweet tooth."
When he's not cooking for friends and family, Quick is an avid bike rider and a power-lifting coach for the Special Olympics. He plans to ride his bike east-to-west across the state on Oct. 1.
Although he did not use his training to cook professionally, Quick still enjoys making good fresh food for people.
"I like seeing the smiles on people's faces, and it's probably one of the oldest things in the world. People have probably been entertaining for thousands upon thousands of years."