SAN ANTONIO -- Young mariachis surprised dozens at the 24th Annual SAPD west sub-station Thanksgiving lunch.

"It's an amazing effort and I’m very honored to be a part of it," Sgt. Michael Ross said.

Volunteers, retired and active policemen, policewomen, and children all handed out food and hosted many who otherwise wouldn't have a turkey dinner.

"I would like to give thanks to all the police officers that are doing this function,” John Cordaway said. “They deserve everyone's thanks and gratitude for the things that they do and how they put their lives at risk."

It's been a difficult week for San Antonians after losing a beloved brother in blue, Detective Benjamin Marconi.

"Every day they go out and do what they have to do to protect us. So this is my turn to honor them," said Nita Soto, who added that she didn’t want to be anywhere else. "I hope my family understands why I’m here."

Sgt. Ross said that Marconi's spirit is with them.

"I personally knew Detective Ben Marconi, who was a friend of mine. By no means does this diminish my sorrow, but it reminds me, even in the worst of times, there are things to be thankful for. And this is one of them,” Sgt. Ross lamented.

Sgt. Ross also said that he hoped everyone enjoyed their day of giving thanks, especially with the mariachis, who happen to be the kids of an SAPD sergeant.