Mother Nature cooperated with local firefighters as they swapped their bunker gear for aprons this past Sunday, May 5th, 2019 to host the annual Firefighters Breakfast at the St. Marys Fire Station. For several hours throughout the morning, firefighters worked in the kitchen and on the line to prepare and serve freshly cooked food to the community.
The event saw over 1,125 hungry people come through the door, all looking forward to enjoying a delicious breakfast consisting of pancakes, scrambled eggs, toast, bacon and sausage with juice, milk and coffee to wash it down.
While waiting in line, attendees were given the opportunity to find out why the current Fire Hall does not meet the functional needs of the St. Marys Fire Department through a number of informational posters. They were also given a glimpse of the layout of the proposed renovations, which are scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Following breakfast, attendees were allowed the opportunity to check out the fire apparatus, medical equipment and rescue gear. They were also paid a surprise visit from “Sparky the Fire Dog”.
St. Marys Fire Chief Richard “Andy” Anderson was delighted with the number of attendees and their generosity.
“We do other social activities for the fire department, but as far as the fundraisers that we do, this is really the big one,” Anderson says. “All of the money received from the breakfast goes directly to Muscular Dystrophy and other local charities. This event is not only about raising money – it’s an opportunity for our firefighters to connect with the community in a non-emergency situation and thank them for their sustained support.”
The firefighters wish to thank all of the local businesses and organizations that donated food, beverages and related items to help make the event a success. The turnout from the community was amazing and the firefighters truly appreciate the incredible support from residents and friends.