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Hooters offered free wings to celebrate fire alarm suspect


The Patriots fan allegedly called himself a drunk idiot. But a Hooters restaurant in Saugus is hailing him as something of a “folk hero.”

The Route 1 restaurant known for its scantily clad servers offered anyone with the name Dennis Harrison a heaping serving of buffalo wings this week, in honor of the man accused of pulling an early morning fire alarm at the hotel as the Pittsburgh Steelers slept before Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

On Monday, Hooters of Saugus posted a picture on Facebook showing their neon-orange logo and marquee. Written on the sign was the offer in black letters: “Free Wings If Your Name Is Dennis Harrison.”


The post included the hashtags “Folk Hero,” and “False Alarm.”

In East Boston Municipal Court on Monday, Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and setting off a false fire alarm at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport.

According to police, Harrison pulled the alarm on a dare. After walking up to the second floor of the hotel to do the deed, Harrison tried to escape the building, police said.

When officers later caught up with Harrison, he reportedly told police that he was trying to disrupt the Steelers’ slumber.

Harrison, who police said appeared intoxicated when questioned the night of the incident, was released on personal recognizance. He could not be reached to comment.

David Rodriguez, a Hooters training manager who answered the phone at the Saugus location Wednesday, claimed Harrison actually took them up on the offer, and enjoyed a meal on Monday.

“Obviously if someone had the same name we would have honored it, but specifically we were looking for the one and only,” said Rodriguez.

The sign, he said, came down the following day.

The post on Hooter’s Facebook page was met with mixed reaction this week. Some called it “classless,” while others laughed at the gimmicky promotion. The post was shared more than 200 times.


The Patriots defeated the Steelers 36-17 Sunday, and are headed to Houston to take on the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear. Cristela Guerra of the Globe staff contributed to this report